Brian Britt


Brian Britt

Professor of Religion and Culture


111 Lane Hall, Virginia Tech
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Religion and Culture


  • Religion and Literature
  • Theory of Religion and Culture
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Modern Jewish Thought

Professional Activities

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • International Walter Benjamin Society


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago (1992)

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Fellowship for Research, DAAD, 2012-2013

    Fellow, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, November-December 2008, September-October 2012, and June 2015

    Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award for Research (2007)

    Selected Publications


    Postsecular Benjamin: Agency and Tradition.  Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016 (in press, May 2016 publication).

    Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition.  Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

    Rewriting Moses: The Narrative Eclipse of the Text. London: T & T Clark, 2004.

    Walter Benjamin and the Bible. New York: Continuum, 1996.  Second Edition: Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 2003.

    Edited Books

    Alexandra Cuffel and Brian Britt, eds. Religion, Gender, and Culture in the Premodern World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.


    “Identity and Survival in Deutsche Menschen,” Benjamin-Studien 3 (2014): 83-104.

    "Religion and Literature: Outsider, Tradition, and Transcendence," Religion Compass 8/1 (2014): 11-24.

    “Curses Left and Right: Hate Speech and Biblical Tradition,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78 (2010): 633-661.     

    “The Schmittian Messiah in Agamben’s The Time That Remains,” Critical Inquiry 36 (2010): 262-287.