Abigail Favale


Abigail Favale

Abigail currently teaches courses in ancient world literature, fiction writing, and gender theory. She is also a faculty fellow in the William Penn Honors Program and coordinates the English senior capstone course. Her work tends to engage the intersection between theology and literature. She is particularly interested in the literary dimensions of biblical texts and theology of the body – and she loves when opportunities arise to explore these interests in the classroom. 

Published Work

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Abigail’s book Irigaray, Incarnation and Contemporary Women's Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2013) was awarded the 2014 Feminist and Women's Studies Association Book Prize. Abigail has also written short fiction for several literary journals, such as The Potomac Review, Talking River Review, zaum and Melusine. In 2013, Abigail was a regular online contributor on gender-related issues for The Atlantic Monthly; her essays have also appeared in First Things, PopMatters and Geez Magazine.

In the academic realm, Abigail has placed peer-reviewed articles in Forum for Modern Language Studies and Journal of Gender Studies and academic essays in the collections Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture (Palgrave, 2011) and Building a New World, ed. by Luce Irigaray (Palgrave, 2015). In addition, she contributed three articles to the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (2010). 


Abigail earned her PhD in English from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2011. Her dissertation, which was awarded St. Andrews' Samuel Rutherford Prize for the most distinguished doctoral thesis in English literature, was entitled Words Incarnate: Contemporary Women’s Fiction as Religious Revision. She also completed a master’s degree at St. Andrews in 2007, writing a thesis on Margaret Atwood’s short fiction. Abigail was given the competitive Overseas Research Scholarship for her PhD work at St. Andrews, and was also selected to participate in the international doctoral seminar of theorist Luce Irigaray in 2008.

Personal Interests

Beyond academia, Abigail enjoys a low-key, home-centered life with her husband, Michael, and their two small children, Julian and Margot. She attends St. Peter's Catholic Church in Newberg.