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Poetic Relations, University of Chicago Press, 2017, a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

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Constance Furey

Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Sycamore Hall, Rm. 226
Sycamore Hall, Rm. 231 (Chair’s office)


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2000

B.A., Brown University, 1991.

Research Interests

Professional Biography

A specialist in Renaissance and Reformation Christianity, Furey studies the creative and diverse ways that theological and literary texts situate people in relation to other beings as well as ideas. She has written scholarly articles and online essays on topics ranging from insult and error to friendship and marriage, and is the author of two books. The first, Erasmus, Contarini, and the Religious Republic of Letters (Cambridge, 2006), explores the way scholarly community was reconceived by Catholic Reformers. The second book, Poetic Relations: Faith and Intimacy in the English Reformation (Chicago 2017), demonstrates how poetry became a primary site for confirming and amending intimate social relationships.

She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the James P. Holland award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students, and her grants include a fellowship from Harvard University’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. A former Director of the Renaissance Studies Program at IU, she is also a founding member of IU’s Eighteenth Century Studies Center and the Center of Theoretical Inquiry, and co-PI of the Humanistic Study of Innovation initiative as well as of the Luce Foundation’s Teaching Theology and Religion grant for “Being Human.” During the duration of the Luce grant, Furey will have primary responsibility for the Teaching Religion in Public activities and, together with the annual faculty organizers and the RSTP Postdoctoral Fellow, she will coordinate the Emerging Scholars Program/Summer Institutes.


Courses Recently Taught

Publication Highlights


Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the English Reformation (University of Chicago Press, May 2017)

Erasmus, Contarini, and the Religious Republic of Letters (Cambridge University Press, September 2005)

Selected Articles

"Devout death." The Immanent Frame (30 November 2017).

"Where I’m going." The Immanent Frame (13 November 2017).

" John Winthrop’s ‘Model of Christian Charity.’ “Theologies of American Exceptionalism” forum. The Immanent Frame (13 February 2017).

" Calvin’s Questions: A Response to Jonathan Sheehan.” 21 September 2016. The Immanent Frame (21 September 2016).

"Erring Together: Renaissance Humanists in Certainty’s Shadow," The Journal of Religion Vol. 95, No. 4 (October 2015), pp. 454-476.

"Discernment as Critique in Teresa of Avila and Erasmus of Rotterdam," Exemplaria. 26.2-3 (2014), 254-272.

"Besides." The Immanent Frame (15 March 2012).

"Intimate Virtue: Puritan Marriage and Devotional Poetry." The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 42.1 (2012).

"Body, Society, and Subjectivity in Religious Studies," Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 80.1 (2012).

“Utopian History” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 20.4 (2008), 385-398.

“The Selfe Undone: Individualism and Relationality in John Donne and Aemilia Lanyer” Harvard Theological Review, 99.4 (Fall 2006), 469-86.

"Invective and Discernment in Luther, Erasmus, and More" Harvard Theological Review, (October 2005), 469-88.


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