Dr. Sharon Kim

Pro-rata Professor

Sharon Kim, Professor of English, specializes in late 19th to early 20th-century American literature, with a particular interest in aspects of Christian faith and spirituality in literature. She is the author of Literary Epiphany in the Novel, 1850-1950: Constellations of the Soul (Palgrave, 2012), winner of the 2013 Book of the Year award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

Prior to coming to Judson, she taught at Wheaton College (1999-2002), and she has also taught at Renmin University of China as a visiting professor (Fall 2008, Summer 2012). Dr. Kim devoted her life to the Lord during her freshman year at Yale College. John 12:3.

  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • MPhil, Yale University
  • MA, Yale University
  • BA, Yale College

Late 19th- early 20th century American Literature. Christianity and Literature, Spirituality and Literature.

Monograph Book: Literary Epiphany in the Novel, 1850-1950: Constellations of the Soul. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. [Winner of the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature.] 

Editing: Guest Co-Editor with Chloe Starr, Special Issue of Christianity and Literature: Christianity and Literature in Chinese Literary Studies. 68.1 (2018). Guest Editor, Special Issue of The Edith Wharton Review: Wharton and Religion. 34.1 (2018).

  • “Repentance and Ultimacy in Melville’s Moby-Dick.” The Journal for the Study of Christian Culture. Special Issue on the Ultimate Concern. No. 44.
  • “Pale Fire: Human Image and Post-Human Desire in Blade Runner 2049.” The MOSF Journal of Science Fiction. 3.3 (2019).
  • “The Brokenness of Caesar’s Things: On the Unfinished Religious Novel by Zelda Fitzgerald.” Christianity and Literature. 68.2 (2019): 233–251. Winner of the 2019 Lionel Basney Award for an outstanding journal article in Christianity and Literature. 
  • “Theory and Theology in Chinese Literary Studies: An Early Map.” Special Issue of Christianity and Literature 68.1 (2018): 9-35.
  • “The Lost Tycoon: Allan Dwan in the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald.” The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review. 2016.
  • “‘Eyes Filled With Splendor’: On Italy and the Saturated Gaze in The Custom of the Country.” Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism. 2016.
  • “Literary Epiphany and the Theology of Grace.” Journal for the Study of Christian Culture 20 (2009):131-46. Trans. Liu Boyun.
  • “Lost in Inculturation: On the Invisible and Fragmented Body of Christ in Literary Studies at the Present Time.” Christianity and Literature 58 (2009): 281-92.
  • “Edith Wharton and Epiphany.” The Journal of Modern Literature 29.3 (2006): 150-175.
  • “Lamarckism and the Construction of Transcendence in The House of Mirth.” Studies in the Novel 38 (2006): 187-210.
  • “Puritan Realism: The Wide, Wide World and Robinson Crusoe.” American Literature 75 (December 2003): 783-811.
  • “Jonathan Edwards and Nineteenth-Century Woman’s Fiction.” Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad. Ed. David W. Kling and Douglas A. Sweeney. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2003. 137-153.

Modern Language Association. Christianity and Literature. American Religion and Literature Society. The Edith Wharton Society (Board Member, 2014 to present). Associate Editor of The Edith Wharton Review, 2015-present. 

Religion and Literature Website: Resources for Academic Inquiry.