William Franke

  • Vanderbilt University
  • Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies

William Franke is Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University and concurrently Professor and Program Director of Philosophy and Religions at the University of Macao (2013-2016). He is a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and has been Fulbright-University of Salzburg Distinguished Chair in Intercultural Theology and Study of Religions. His books include, Dante’s Interpretive Journey (University of Chicago Press, Religion and Postmodernism, 1996), and On What Cannot Be Said: Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature and the Arts (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), Dante and the Sense of Transgression: ‘The Trespass of the Sign’ (Continuum: New Directions in Literature and Religion, 2013), Poetry and Apocalypse: Theological Disclosures of Poetic Language (Stanford University Press, 2009); A Philosophy of the Unsayable (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014); A Theology of Literature: The Bible as Revelation in the Tradition of the Humanities (Cascade, 2017); The Revelation of Imagination (Northwestern University Press, 2015); Secular Scriptures: Modern Theological Poetics in the Wake of Dante (Ohio State University Press, 2016); Apophatic Paths from Europe to China: Regions Without Borders (SUNY Press, 2018); and, most recently, On the Universality of What is Not: The Apophatic Turn in Critical Thinking (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020).