Norman W. Jones's research and teaching focus especially on intersections among 20th- and 21st-century U.S. literature, sexuality studies, and religious studies. He is the co-editor of The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and the author of Gay and Lesbian Historical Fiction: Sexual Mystery and Post-Secular Narrative (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Recipient of the Mansfield campus 2010 Award for Excellence in Scholarship, he has also published essays and reviews in American Literature,Modern Fiction Studies, and Christianity & Literature.
About The King James Bible after 400 Years:
"A distinguished list of contributors provide an absorbing, authoritative account of the reception of the 1611 Bible and its continuing effect on modern literature."
-- Frank Kermode
"This is a superb collection of essays, at once an essential introduction to crucial aspects of the King James version and a magnificent spur to further thought."
-- David Norton, Victoria University of Wellington
About Gay and Lesbian Historical Fiction:
"A foundational step in the right direction."
-- Modern Fiction Studies
“An astute reader, prodigiously well read, Jones discovers inside queer historical novels the powerful ghosts of Christianities pronounced dead--ghosts who guard still the mysteries of articulate desire. He urges us not to exorcise them. He shows instead how to coax such scorching angels with the riddles of re-imagined memories."
-- Mark D. Jordan, Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School; author of The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology and The Ethics of Sex
“This book succeeds splendidly on several different fronts. Jones has internalized every arcane turn in queer studies of the past fifteen years, yet writes with scrupulous clarity. More than an engaging and incisive analysis of gay and lesbian historical fiction, it is an original and significant contribution to gay and lesbian histories, and even to religious studies. Jones brilliantly uncovers the intimate interconnections between coming-out and conversion narratives. The result is a transdisciplinary and post-theoretical tour de force.”
-- Stephen D. Moore, Chair of Drew University’s Graduate Division of Religion; author of God’s Gym: Divine Male Bodies of the Bible and God’s Beauty Parlor: And Other Queer Spaces in and around the Bible