Articles, Chapters

2021. “My Book, My Self.” Canadian Notes and Queries.

2020. “Improvising Ritual.” In Reassembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource, edited by Graham Harvey. London: Bloomsbury, 2021, 17-36.

2019. “Disarming Boys.” The Canopy Review. 1.1:5-16.

2017. “Ritual in Prague’s Velvet Carnival.” The Drama Review 61.3, 56-71.

2016. “Ethnographic Studies in Christian Ritual: A Critical Response.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 31.3, 409-417.

2013. “Ritualkritik.” Written with Ute Hüsken. In Ritual and Ritualdynamik, 159-164. Edited by Christiane Brosius, Axel Michaels, and Paula Schrode. Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.
2012a. “Religion, Ritual, and Performance.” In Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith, ed. Lance Gharavi, 27-41. New York: Routledge.
2012b. “The Ritualization of Moving and Learning,” Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture 5.1: 85-98.
2011.  “Ritual,” Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief. Special issue: Key Words in Material Religion,  7.1: 77-83. Republished in Key Terms in Material Religion, 173-178. Edited by Brent Plate. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015.
2010. “Shooting the Dead.” Written with Erik Venbrux. In Die Realität des Todes: Zum gegenwärtigen Wandel von Totenbildern und Erinnerungskulturen, 63-75. Edited by Dominik Gross and Christoph Schweikardt. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag. 13 pp.
2009. “Re-Sensualizing Ritual Theory.” In Senses and Religion, 207-219. Ljubljana: Zalozba ZRC. [Dated 2007.] 13 pp.
2006a. Reimagining Ritual Theory: John Bourke among the Hopis. Inaugural Oration. Faculty of Religious Studies. Radboud University Nijmegen, April 27, 2006. 12 pp.
2006b. “Shooting Rites.” Colloquium 1.2: 1-10. 10 pp.
2006. “Performance.” In Theorizing Rituals: Classical Topics, Theoretical Approaches, Analytical Concepts, Annotated Bibliography, 379-394. Edited by Jens Kreinath, Jan Snoek, Michael Strausberg. Leiden: Brill. 16 pp.
2005. “Ritual [and Nature].” In The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, edited by Bron R. Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan, 1385-1388. London, New York: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005. 4 pp.
2004a. “Performance Theory and the Study of Ritual.” In New Approaches to the Study of Religion, 109-138. Ed. Peter Antes, Armin W. Geertz, and Randi Warne. Religion and Reason Series. Berlin, New York: Verlag de Gruyter. 30 pp.
2004b. “Ritual, Performance, and the Sequestering of Sacred Space.” In Ritual Economies, edited by Lorenzo Buj, 1-20. Windsor, ON: University of Windsor Humanities Research Group. 20 pp. 2007. Reprinted in Discourse in Ritual Studies, edited by Hans Schilderman, 149-168. Leiden: Brill.  20 pp.
2003a. “Consuming Ritual: A&E’s ‘Sacred Rites and Rituals.’” In Contemporary Consumption Rituals: A Research Anthology, 21 – 36. Ed. Cele C. Otnes and Tina M. Lowrey. Mawah, NJ: Erlbaum. 16 pp.
2003b. “Ritual and Performance.” In Religion and American Cultures: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions, 2: 515 – 528. Ed. Gary Laderman and Luis León. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio. 14 pp.
2003c. “Ritualizing September 11.” In Disaster Ritual: Explorations of an Emerging Ritual Repertoire, 199 – 213. Ed. Paul Post and others. Leuven, Belgium: Peeters. 15 pp.
2003d. “Visiting Rites.” Religious Studies News, March 22, p. 7. 1 p.
2003e. “Ritual Theory and the Environment.” In Nature Performed: Environment, Culture, Performance, edited by Bronislaw Szerszynski and others, 31 – 45. Oxford: Blackwell. 15 pp.
2002a. “Zen and the Art of Not Teaching Zen and the Arts: An Autopsy.” In Teaching Buddhism in the West: From the Wheel to the Web, 155 – 169. Ed. Victor Sogen Hori, Richard P. Hayes, and James Mark Shields. London: RoutledgeCurzon. 15 pp. 2007. Reprinted in Teaching Ritual, edited by Catherine Bell, 89-100. New York: Oxford University Press. 12 pp.
2002b. “Performance Is Currency in the Deep World’s Gift Economy: An Incantatory Riff for a Global Medicine Show.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 9.1 (Winter): 149 – 164. 16 pp. 2013. Reprinted in The Handbook of Contemporary Animism. Ed. Graham Harvey. Durham, UK: Acumen. ISBN: 978- 1- 84465- 711- 7 (hardcover).
2002c. “Ritual and the Media.” In Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media: Explorations in Media, Religion and Culture, 219 – 234. Ed. Stewart Hoover and Lynn Schofield Clark. New York: Columbia University Press. 16 pp.
2002d. “Kick This, Professor Poindexter.” In Facts and Arguments: Selected Essays from the Globe and Mail, 98-102. Toronto: Penguin. 5 pp.
2000a. “Initiatory Fantasy and White Western Male Identity.” Doxology 17: 23 – 33. 11 pp.
2000b. “Writing against…” Culture and Religion 1.1: 19 – 21. 4 pp.
2000c. “Ritual.” In Guide to the Study of Religion. Ed. Willi Braun and Russell T. McCutcheon, 259 – 270. London: Cassell. 12 pp.
1999a. “Spirituality and Ritual in America,” in the Forum on American Spirituality, Religion in American Culture 9.2: 145 – 152. 8 pp. 2001. Revised and reprinted as “Global Spirituality and Ritual.” In Anáil Dé: The Breath of God: Music, Ritual and Spirituality, 17 – 25. Ed. Helen Phelan. Dublin: Veritas for the Irish World Music Centre. 9 pp.
1999b. “Jonathan Smith’s Theory of Ritual.” Journal of Religion. 29: 261 – 273. 13 pp.
1998a. “The Initiatory Dilemma: Cinematic Fantasy and Ecclesiastical Rarifiction.” Zeitschrift für Theologie in Europa, Bulletin ET 9.2: 161 – 170. 10 pp.
1998b. “Negotiating Religious Life Histories in North American Religious Studies.” International Journal of Practical Theology 2.1: 65 – 83.19 pp.
1996. “This May Be a Feud, but It is not a War: An Electronic, Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Teaching Native Religions.” American Indian Quarterly 20.3: 433-450. 18 pp. 2000.  Reprinted in Native American Spirituality: A Critical Reader, 78 – 94. 17 pp. Ed. Lee Irwin. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN: 0 – 8032 – 8261 – 3.
1996. “Ritual Criticism.” In Readings in Ritual Studies, 279-293. Edited by Ronald L. Grimes. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice – Hall. 15 pp.
1995a. “Exorcising Exorcism.” Kitchener – Waterloo Record and other newspapers across Canada, e.g., “When Religious Fervor Becomes Deadly,” London Free Press, London, ON, Jan. 28, 1995. 1 p.
1995b. “Color and Number Symbolism.” In Harper’s Dictionary of Religion, 275. Ed. Jonathan Z. Smith. New York: HarperCollins. 1 p.
1994a. “Sacred Space and the Southwest: Mapping Histories of American Religion.” Environments 22.2: 21 – 28. 8 pp.
1994b. “The Presentation of Self in Native American Autobiography.” In Other Selves: Biography and Autobiography in Cross – Cultural Context, 1 – 15. Ed. Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara. Oakville, Canada: Mosaic. 15 pp.
1994c. “Ritual and Autobiography in Frank Hamilton Cushing’s My Adventures in Zuni.” In Other Selves: Biography and Autobiography in Cross – Cultural Context, 207 – 221. Ed. Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara. Oakville, Canada: Mosaic. 16 pp.
1993. “Liturgical Supinity, Liturgical Erectitude: Two Attitudes toward Ritual Authority.” Studia Liturgica 23: 51 – 69. 19 pp. 2007. Reprinted in Paul Bradshaw and John Melloh, eds., Foundations in Ritual Studies: A Readers for Students of Christian Worship, 148-165. London: SPCK. 18 pp.
1992a. “Sacred Objects in Museum Spaces.” Studies in Religion 21.4: 419 – 430. 12 pp.
1992b. “The Biography of a Mask.” The Drama Review 36.3: 61 – 77. 17 pp. 17 pp.
1992c. “Ritual.” In New Handbook of Christian Theology, 413 – 415. Ed. Donald Musser and Joseph Price. Nashville: Abingdon Press. 3 pp. 2002. Revised for A New Handbook of Christian Theology, revised edition, edited by Joseph L. Price and Donald W. Musser. New York: Abingdon. 3 pp.
1992d. “Reinventing Ritual.” Soundings 75.1: 21 – 41. 21 pp.
1992e. “Liturgical Renewal and Ritual Criticism.” In The Church Awakening: 25 Years of Liturgical Renewal, 11-25. Ed. Lawrence Madden. Georgetown: Liturgical Press. 15 pp.
1990a. “Breaking the Glass Barrier: The Power of Display.” Journal of Ritual Studies 4.2: 239 – 261. 23 pp.
1990b. “Emerging Ritual.” In Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy. Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. Jan. 2 – 5: 15 – 31. 17 pp.
1990c. “Victor Turner’s Definition, Theory, and Sense of Ritual.” In Victor Turner and the Construction of Cultural Criticism: Between Literature and Anthropology, 141 – 146. Ed. Kathleen M. Ashley. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 6 pp.
1989b. “Bound to Baptize: Ritualization in Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away. Religion and Literature 21.1: 9 – 26. 18 pp.
1988a. “The Koan of Liturgy: A Meditation of Empty Liturgical Space.” Liturgy 7.3: 8 – 13.
1988b. “Ritual Criticism and Reflexivity in Fieldwork.” Journal of Ritual Studies 2.2: 217 – 239.
1988c. “Victor Turner’s Social Drama and T.S. Eliot’s Ritual Drama.” Anthropologica, N.S. 27.1-2: 79-99. [published 1988 though dated 1985].
1988d. “Ritual in the Toronto Towneley Cycle of Mystery Plays.” Studies in Religion 16.4: 473-480.
1988e. “Infelicitous Performances and Ritual Criticism.” Semeia 43: 103-122.
1987a. “Ritual Studies.” In Encyclopedia of Religion, 12: 422-425. Ed. Mircea Eliade. New York: Macmillan.
1987b. “Procession.” In Encyclopedia of Religion, 12: 1-3. Ed. Mircea Eliade. New York: Macmillan.
1987c. “Portals.” In Encyclopedia of Religion, 11: 452-453. Ed. Mircea Eliade. New York: Macmillan.
1987d. “Key Words in Searching for Data on Ritual.” Journal of Ritual Studies 1.2: 139 – 145.
1986a. “Desecration: an Interreligious Controversy.” American Indian Quarterly 10.4: 304 – 318. 2001. Revised and reprinted in The Future of the Past: Archaeologists, Native Americans, and Repatriation, 91 – 105. Ed. Tamara L. Bray. New York: Garland. 15 pp.
1986b. “Of Words the Speaker, Of Deeds the Doer.” Journal of Religion 66.1: 1-17.
1984a. “Sources for the Study of Ritual.” Religious Studies Review 10.2: 134-145.
1984b. “The Need for Ritual Practice: Weddings that Wed.” Liturgy 4.2: 9-13. Reprinted in The Landscape of Praise: Readings in Liturgical Renewal. Ed. Blair Gilmer Meeks. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity, 1996, 167 – 171. 4 pp.
1984c. “Ritual and Illness.” Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 3.1: 55-65.
1983. “Tempest on Snake Island.” In Engineers of the Imagination. Ed. by Tony Coult and Baz Kershaw. London: Methuen, pp. 164-181.
1982a. “Theater of Sources.” The Drama Review 25.3: 67-74.
1997. Reprinted in Lisa Wolford and Richard Schechner, eds., The Grotowski Sourcebook, 269 – 278. London: Routledge.
1982b. “Defining Nascent Ritual.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 50.4: 539-555.
1982c. “The Lifeblood of Public Ritual.” In Celebration: Studies in Festivity and Ritual. Ed. by Victor Turner. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institute Press.
1980. “Symbolic Processes in Illness and Healing.” Voices: Journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists 6.3: 21-29.
1979a. “Modes of Ritual Necessity.” Worship 53.2: 126-141.
1979b. “The Actor’s Lab: The Ritual Roots of Human Action.” Canadian Theatre Review, Spring, 9-19.
1978. “The Rituals of Walking and Flying: Public Participatory Events at Actor’s Lab.” The Drama Review 22.4: 77-82.
1977. “Route to the Mountain: A Prose Meditation on Grotowski as Pilgrim.” Jewish Dialogue: New Directions in the Performing Arts. January, 11-12.  1978. Reprinted in The Road To Active Culture. Ed. by Leszek Kolankiewicz. Wroclaw, Poland: Theater Laboratory Institute. 1997. Reprinted in Lisa Wolford and Richard Schechner, eds., The Grotowski Sourcebook, 246 – 249. London: Routledge.
1976. “Ritual Studies: A Comparative Review of Theodor Gaster and Victor Turner.” Religious Studies Review 2.4: 13-25.
1975. “Masking: Toward a Phenomenology of Exteriorization.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 43.3: 508-516.
1973. “Time and Space in Blake’s Major Prophecies.” In Blake’s Sublime Allegory. Ed. Joseph A. Wittreich and Stuart Curran. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.