Dr. Stephen Sicari

Dr. Stephen Sicari

Professor, English

B.A. Manhattan College

M.A. and Ph.D. Cornell University

Research Interests: Literary Modernism; History of the Novel; Literature and Religion


Stephen Sicari has been at St. John’s since 1996 after ten years at Adelphi University, and was Chair of the English Department from 1997 to 2018.  He has recently signed a contract with Clemson University Press for his book Modernist Reformations: Poetry as Theology in Eliot, Stevens, and Joyce. It is one of the few studies of literary modernism to deal directly with religion and theology, and perhaps the only one to bring Stevens and Joyce into the forefront as religious writers.  The high modernist writers break apart old concepts and attitudes toward religion and allow a contemporary readership to understand how the hopes and higher feeling of religion can be retrieved.


He has also been asked to contribute a chapter to the Oxford Handbook of Allegory on Modernist Allegory, and a chapter to Wallace Stevens in Theory, to be published by Liverpool University Press.