The Wheatley Institution

Terryl L. Givens


Terryl L. Givens

Terryl Givens is a Fellow at the Wheatley Institution, holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English, and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses in 19th century studies and the Bible’s influence on Western literature. Givens completed his graduate work at Cornell University in Intellectual History and at UNC Chapel Hill where he received his PhD in Comparative Literature.

As a commentator on Mormon religion and culture, he has appeared on PBS, NPR, and CNN. He has published in literary theory, British and Europe Romanticism, Mormon studies, and intellectual history. He has authored and co-authored many books including By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion, which the New York Times called "provocative reading”; People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture, which was named Best Book of the Year by the Mormon History Association for 2007; When Souls had Wings: Premortal Life in Western Thought; and Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism, co-authored with Matthew Grow. He recently co-authored The God Who Weeps with his wife Fiona and is currently at work on a two-volume history of Mormon theology, for Oxford University Press.

He currently lives in Montpelier, Virginia where he watches the wildlife and tries to raise fruit trees and bees.

<<Back to Fellows