"Desire, Violence, and Divinity in Modern Southern Fiction": Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Walker Percy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2007. 287 pages. Paperback version published in 2011.
Awarded the 2008 C. Hugh Holman Award by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature as the year’s best work in Southern literary studies.
"Walker Percy: Books of Revelations". Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991. 332 pages. Paperback version published in 2010.
“’Not His Son’: Violent Kinship and the Spirit of Adoption in The Violent Bear It Away.” Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away. Ed. Susan Srigley. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012. 57-86.
“The Snake and the Rosary:Violence and the Culture of Piety in Sheila Bosworth's Slow Poison.” The World is Our Home: Society and Culture in Contemporary Southern Writing. Ed. Jeffrey J. Folks and Nancy Summer Folks. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2000. 53-72.
“McCarthy’s Enfant Terrible: Mimetic Desire and Sacred Violence in Child of God.” Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Cormac McCarthy. Ed. Wade Hall and Rick Wallach. El Paso: Texas Western Press/University of Texas, 1995. 77-85.
“Walker Percy's Enchanted Mountain.” Walker Percy: Novelist and Philosopher. Introduction by Walker Percy. Ed. Jan Nordby Gretlund and Karl-Heinz Westarp. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1991. 13-23.
Articles (Since 2000)
“Living in a ‘World of Others’ Words’: Teaching Morrison and Faulkner.” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas 21.2 (Fall 2004): 13-20.
“Ransom’s God Without Thunder: Remythologizing Violence and Poeticizing the Sacred.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture. 10 (2003): 40-60.
“ 'Like a Boulder Blocking Your Path': Scandal and Skandalon in Flannery O'Connor.” The Flannery O'Connor Bulletin 26-27 (1999-2000): 1-23.
“The Worm Against the Word: The Hermeneutical Challenge in Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine.” African American Review 34.1 (2000): 119-33.