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Bryan E. Polk
Lecturer in Religious Studies and English
The Pennsylvania State University

Address 119 Sutherland Building

Penn State Abington

1600 Woodland Road

Abington, PA 19001

Office Address 327 Sutherland Building
Phone 215/881-7548
Fax 215/881-7333

A member of the Penn State Faculty since 1995, I teach in both the Religious Studies and English Departments. I am the faculty advisor of the Muslim Student Association and a member of the Multicultural Climate Committee. I participate in the ACURA program and the First Year Seminar program.

Research Interests | Education | Publications | Professional Affiliations | Courses Taught

Research Interests

Mythological Readings of Sacred Texts

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, "Christabel"

Medieval Arthurian Romances

Religious Fundamentalism


B.A., Religion, Susquehanna University, 1977

M. Div., Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Phila., 1981

M.A., English, Beaver College, 1996

Recent Publications

"Symbol of Transformation: Jesus as a Trickster God", Proceedings of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery

_The Tablet of Your Heart: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam_

Professional Affiliations

Member, Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery

Member, Conference on Christianity and Literature

Courses Taught

RL ST 101, Comparative Religions: A study of fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

RL ST 001, World Religions: A study of the major religious expressions in today's world.

RL ST 106, Mysticism: A psychological and mythological investigation into those who have at least claimed to have had an unmediated encounter with God.

ENGL 015, Rhetoric and Composition: The theme of the course is the Supernatural.

ENGL 202C, Technical Writing.

ENGL 202D, Business Writing.

ENGL 004, Basic Writing: A developmental course designed to improve students' writing so that they can be successful at the college level.

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