Mary McCampbell

Lee University
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Dr. Mary McCampbell is an associate professor of humanities at Lee University where she regularly teaches courses on contemporary fiction, film, popular culture, and modernism. A native Tennessean, she completed her doctorate at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK); her research focused on the relationship between contemporary fiction, late capitalist culture, and the religious impulse. Her publications span the worlds of literature, film, and popular music, and this interdisciplinary focus is also present in her recent book, Imagining Our Neighbors as Ourselves: How Art Shapes Empathy (Fortress Press: April, 2022). You can find her writing in many public-facing faith and culture publications such as Image JournalThe Other Journal, Relevant MagazineChrist and Pop Culture, and The Curator

Mary was a Scholar-in-Residence at Regent Theological College, Vancouver, for the 2018 winter term, where she worked on a second forthcoming book, Postmodern Prophetic: The Religious Impulse in Contemporary Fiction. Her academic publications include chapters or articles on contemporary fiction and popular culture in Isn’t it Ironic?: Irony in Contemporary Popular Culture (Routledge), ASAP JournalSpiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular ImaginationSacred and Immoral: on the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk, and The Modern Humanities Research Association’s Yearbook of English Studies.

She has been one of the organizers of Calvin College's Festival of Faith and Music since 2009, and she frequently speaks and teaches on the theological significance of popular music, film, and fiction. Mary was the Summer 2014 Writer-in-Residence at L’Abri Fellowship in Greatham, England and periodically lectures at English L’Abri. 

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