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Dr. Susan Srigley

Susan Srigley
​Dr. Susan Srigley
Faculty of Arts & Science - Chair, Religions & Cultures, Professor
office: H119
email: susans@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450
ext: 4154
fax: 705.474.1947

I love teaching. Some of my favourite courses that I teach at Nipissing are Spiritual Journeys, World Religions, Death, Dying and Spirituality, Religion and Literature as well as a co-taught dialogue course on the Bible as Cultural Text. My research is in the area of religious ethics and literature—I have written a few books on the American novelist Flannery O’Connor and I wrote my first magazine article this summer on Flannery O’Connor’s recently discovered prayer journal (written when she was in her early 20’s and searching to make sense of her felt experience of religion): http://americamagazine.org/issue/far-away-god.

Another research and personal interest of mine is spiritual/meditative practice across religions but especially in Buddhism and early Christianity. As part of my desire to learn more and bring these experiences to my students I regularly seek out retreats of all kinds and share my reflections on these in the classroom.

I live on 10 acres out in the country and have two dogs and four cats (and probably soon some chickens). I love cooking, reading, growing my own food, & walking in the woods. I’m a palliative care volunteer and when I have time I volunteer at a local pet rescue.​


BA (Honours), McGill University;
MA, McMaster University;
PhD, McMaster University

Research Interests:

Religious ethics and literature, ancient and modern forms of spiritual practice, women and religion, religious attitudes towards death, dying and immortality


  • 2012-13 Research Achievement Award, Nipissing University
  • 2010-11 Senior O’Connor Fellowship, Georgia College and State University
  • 2007-08 The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Nipissing University



Flannery O'Connor’s Sacramental Art. University of Notre Dame Press, 2004.

Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away. Editor, Susan Srigley. University of Notre Dame Press, 2012
Press release: http://undpress.nd.edu/book/P01519

Book chapters:

“Asceticism and Abundance: The Communion of Saints in The Violent Bear It Away” in Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away. Editor, Susan Srigley, 2012.

“Critical Lens: Flannery O’Connor and the Art of the Story,” in Critical Insights: Flannery O’Connor, EBSCO/Salem Press, 2011.


“Flannery O’Connor on Stage: Karin Coonrod’s ‘Everything that Rises Must Converge,’” The Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 11, 2013.

Srigley, S., Guest Editor: Ingraffia, B., Srigley, S., Wood, R.C., “Penance, Violence and the Ending of Wise Blood: Three essays in Conversation” Flannery O’Connor Review, 7. 2009.

“Penance and Love in Wise Blood: Seeing Redemption?” Flannery O’Connor Review, 7. 2009.

“The Violence of Love: Reflections on Self-Sacrifice through Flannery O’Connor and René Girard,” Religion and Literature 39:3, 2007.

“O’Connor and the Mystics: St. Catherine of Genoa’s Purgatorial Vision in ‘Revelation,’” Flannery O’Connor Review, 2, Spring 2004.

Courses Taught:

  • RLCT 1025 Introduction to World Religions and Cultures
  • RLCT 2017 Death and Immortality
  • RLCT 2036 History of Christian Thought I
  • RLCT 2037 History of Christian Thought II
  • RLCT 2066 Death, Dying and Spirituality
  • RLCT 3306 Holy Women: Mystics, Saints and Visionaries
  • RLCT 3307 Spiritual Journeys
  • RLCT 4205 Honours Seminar in Religions and Cultures
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