Realist Ecstasy and The Disappearing Christ

Lindsay Reckson and Philip Maciak discuss their new books.

Prof. Rebecca Wanzo has a public conversation with scholars Reckson and Maciak.

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Danforth University Center 276 Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130

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Join Lindsay Reckson (Assistant Professor of English, Haverford College) and Phillip Maciak (Lecturer in English and American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis) in conversation with Rebecca Wanzo (Associate Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis) about their new books, which take on secularism in American cultural production; scenes of ecstatic performance in literature, photography, and early film; and the complex interplay of race, religion, and representation in the post-Reconstruction US.

Read more about Realist Ecstasy: Religion, Race, and Performance in American Literature at NYU Press. Read more about The Disappearing Christ: Secularism in the Silent Era at Columbia University Press.

Free and open to the public. For more information see the Performing Arts Department website or contact

Sponsored by the Washington University in St. Louis Performing Arts Department, American Culture Studies, and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.


  • Lindsay Reckson

  • Philip Maciak

  • Rebecca Wanzo