Nathan E. Fleeson (he/him) is a PhD candidate in the Religion Department at the University of Georgia where he is currently working on his dissertation, "To Cuiviénen There Is No Return: English and American Fantasy Literature as a Second Hagiography." His work explores the ways that fantasy literature, like The Lord of the Rings, The Mortal Instruments, or Percy Jackson evoke the religious imagination. In this dynamic, fantasy provides a hagiographic frame of mind to mediate our relationship with God and the world around us. While at UGA, Nathan is also working on a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, and would like to work with special collection archives and rare book libraries. As part of his certificate program, Nathan spent summer 2021 interning at Emory University's Pitts Theology Library where he curated the digital exhibition, "My Eyes Beheld an Eerie Sight: The Place of Monsters in Theology."
In Spring 2022, he is teaching RELI 1003 (Introduction to Religious Thought) from MWF 10:20-11:10 (CRN: 41045). In this class, we will be using Percy Jackson to think about theories of religion, ethics, and myth. Ultimately, our question is whether something like Percy Jackson and fandom can function as religion.
MTS, Emory University (2018)
BA (Religion), University of Georgia (2016)