Gloria Cronin

Professor Gloria L. Cronin is Co-Editor of The Saul Bellow Journal and has served as Executive Director of the International Saul Bellow Society since 1991. She has published widely in the fields of Jewish American and African American literatures. In 1990 she was one of three founders of the American Literature Association, which she continues to serve as Board Member and Executive Director. She has served the National Endowment for the Humanities, and for the past 15 years she has run a variety of Symposia for the American literature Association. At Brigham Young University she teaches African-American, Jewish-American, Women's and Twentieth Century Anglo-American literatures, Postcolonial literature, and Contemporary Theory.

Current Scholarship:
She is particularly interested in the numerous syncretized and hybrid religious formations in postmodern multicultural American fiction. She is currently working on two books, one on Zora Neale Hurston’s Afromystical postcolonial critique of Christianity, and another on the Afromystical dimensions of contemporary African and Afro-Carribean American literature.

Book-length publications:
Co-Editor, Jewish American Literature Encyclopedia, vol 5. of a Multi-Ethinic American Literature Encyclopedia by Facts on File, New York, 2009; A Room of His Own: Bellow in Search of the Feminine, Syracuse University Press(2001); Conversations with Robert Penn Warren, eds. Cronin and Siegel, University of Mississippi Press, 2005; Jewish American and Holocaust Literature: Representations in the Postmodern World. eds. Berger and Cronin, SUNY Press, 2005; Small Planets: Saul Bellow as Short Fiction Writer (2000) University of Michigan Press, eds. Bach and Cronin; Zora Neale Hurston: Critical Essays (1998), G. K. Hall; Conversations with Saul Bellow, University of Mississippi Press (1994); Jerzy Kosinski: An Annotated Bibliography, eds. Cronin and Hall, Garland Publishing Inc. (1991); Saul Bellow in the 1980's: A Collection of Critical Essays (1989), eds. Cronin and Goldman, University of Michigan Press.