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Faculty Profile - Tiffany Eberle Kriner

Tiffany Eberle Kriner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

On Faculty since 2005
630.752.5783
Blanchard 309


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I believe that texts have a place and a future in the Kingdom of God. In my scholarly book The Future of the Word: An Eschatology of Literature, I look at the intricate ways God makes meaningful futures for literary texts toward the community of the new creation in the Kingdom of God—and how God welcomes us to take part in the building of the texts and the community. I participate in the Kingdom of God through my work at Wheaton: building texts and communities. I particularly focus on intersections of theology, place, and race within literature.

In the classroom and on campus, I seek to create a space in which the interpretations of texts cultivate community among readers, working toward that community of new creation in the Trinity's love. This scholarly and classroom goal has, in recent years, spilled over into work co-coordinating the Core Book program at Wheaton, which brings together communities associated with Wheaton (staff, students, faculty, administration, alumni, community members, etc.) around a single book such at Shusaku Endo’s Silence or Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. When I’m not at Wheaton, I’m farming sixty acres of woods and fields with my husband and two children at Root and Sky Farm.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, English Literature, 2005

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, 1999

Messiah College
BA (summa cum laude), English, 1998

Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame
Carey Research Fellow, 2006

  • Twentieth Century American Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature and Environment
  • Theology and literature
  • African-American Literature

This Land Was Made for You and Me: Farming, Theology, Literature
Co-presented with Joshua Mabie, UW-Whitewater, Culture, Criticism, and the Christian Mind Conference, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, November 2017

Sacred Space/Time: Narrative Theology in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead Trilogy
Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Abilene Christian Univeristy, Dallas TX, October 2017

"Sing Dumb." Poetry.
Music for SATB choir and percussion by Shawn E. Okpebholo, In Human Moments, recital of compositions by Shawn E. Okpebholo. Edman Chapel, Wheaton College

Stepping Into Silence. Spiritual pilgrimage guide and Art/Artifact Exhibition materials
Co-writer with Miho Nonaka and Sarah Miglio, and exhibition co-designer with Rule29. Exhibition of fumi-e and artifacts related to Shusaku Endo’s Silence, September 2016, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL; October 2016, Sheen Center, New York City, NY; January 2017, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA; February 2017, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA

Thine Be the Canon: The Eschatology of Reading
Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2014

Past and Future Perfect: The Translation of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Midwestern Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, March 2014

Love and Knowledge: A Certain Problem with Worldview
Invited Presentation, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL, April 2013

The Eschatology of Texts
Humanities Colloquium, Wheaton College, January 2013

For the Future of the Word: Jesus' Becoming and the Becoming of Literature
Southwest Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Oklahoma Christian University. Oklahoma City, OK, October 2012

'lines of living light’: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s Popular and Political Poetry
Midwest Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Calvin College. Grand Rapids, MI, April 2012

  • Composition and Research [EngW 103,104]
  • Topical Seminar: Reading Theologically [Engl 225]
  • Advanced Integrative Seminar: Art and Literature of Native America [AIS 309 (with Matthew Milliner)]
  • Advanced Integrative Seminar: Black Bodies in Theology and Literature [AIS 324 (with Beth Felker Jones)]
  • Women Writers [Engl 375]
  • American Literature: Beginnings to 1865 [Engl 341]
  • American Literature: Realism to Modernism [Engl 342]
  • American Literature: Modernism and Beyond [Engl 343]
  • Women Writers
  • African American Literature [Engl 379]
  • American Authors: Herman Melville [Engl 382]
  • American Authors: Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes [Engl 382]
  • American Authors: David Foster Wallace [Engl 393]
  • American Authors: Marilynne Robinson [Engl 383]
  • Senior Seminar [Engl 494]

In my research, I particularly focus on intersections of theology, place, and race within literature. In a series of essays, I have considered the creation and maintenance of eschatological hope in the formal experiments of American writers such as Lucille Clifton, Denise Levertov, and Fanny Howe. The processes and forms of these writers pushed me to more fundamental questions about the theoretical and theological foundations for hopeful reading in the discipline of literary studies. Along these lines, “Hopeful Reading” works to offer a methodology for reading hopefully as a literary scholar. My book, The Future of the Word: An Eschatology of Reading, argues that books have futures in the kingdom of God and that reading allows us to participate in those futures toward the community of the new creation in the love of the Trinity. My most recent work considers space and time in literary works as avenues toward particular theological truths.

Wary Grammar: Fanny Howe’s Narrative Bewilderment, Arizona Quarterly
Kriner, T.E., 2012

Review of Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith, Books and Culture
Kriner, T.E., 2012