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Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Cultural History

Stephen Schloesser, S.J.

Title/s: Professor

Specialty Area: Modern European History

Office #: Crown Center 504

Phone: 773.508.2217

E-mail: sschloesser@luc.edu

CV Link: Schloesser CV


Stephen Schloesser, S.J. (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1999; B.A. University of St. Thomas, 1980) is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses in Western civilization, Modern European history, intellectual history, and histories of Catholicism and of Jesuits. In 2011, Schloesser came to Loyola from the Boston College History Department and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Cambridge, Mass.) where he had taught since 1999.

Schloesser is the author of Visions of Amen: The Theological Aesthetics of Olivier Messiaen(Eerdmans, 2014); and Jazz Age Catholicism: Mystic Modernism in Postwar Paris, 1919-1933 (University of Toronto Press, 2005). He is the editor of Mystic Masque: Semblance and Reality in Georges Rouault, 1871-1958 (McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2008); and co-editor (with Jennifer Donelson) of The Legacy of Charles Tournemire (Church Music Association of America, forthcoming 2014). His articles and reviews appear in journals such as Theological Studies, Catholic Historical Review, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Jewish Review, Journal of Church and State, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and Cristianesimo nella Storia (Bologna). In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Georges Rouault’s death, Schloesser curated the exhibit Mystic Masque: Semblance and Reality in Georges Rouault, 1871-1958 at Boston College in 2008. In commemoration of the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus and a century of women’s education at Loyola University-Mundelein College, he is currently working on the exhibit Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014, to be mounted at the Loyola University Museum of Art (19 July-19 October, 2014) in conjunction with a research conference (with the same title -- see also the Tumblr site). Schloesser serves on the Editorial Board for the Catholic Historical Review.

Schloesser has been the recipient of several awards and honors. His exhibit Mystic Masque (2008) received the Apple Valley Foundation’s Curatorial Excellence Award. Jazz Age Catholicism (2005) was awarded the John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association. In 2004, along with pianists Hyesook Kim and Stéphane Lemelin, Schloesser received a grant from the Calvin College’s Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship funding a collaborative performance and publication project on Olivier Messiaen’s Visions of Amen. From 2005-2007, Schloesser served as the LoSchiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought in the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought at the University of San Francisco; in 2001-2002 as a Bannan Research Fellow at Santa Clara University; and in 1998-1999 as a Post-Doctoral In-Residence Fellow at the Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame. Schloesser is a past recipient of awards from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship (Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation), the Bourse Chateaubriand (Ambassade Culturelle de France), and the Georges Lurcy Fellowship.

Research Interests

Intellectual and cultural history of France, 1789-present; histories of late-modern European music, religion, mysticism, Jesuits, and Catholic thought and culture

Courses Taught

HIST 101: Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions to 1700

HIST 102: Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions Since 1700

HIST 291: Junior Colloquium: Historical Methods

HIST 401: 20th-Century Catholic Intellectual Revival

HIST 410: Twentieth Century Jesuits: An Intellectual History


Jazz Age Catholicism: Mystic Modernism in Postwar Paris, 1919-1933 (University of Toronto Press, 2005).

 “The Charm of Impossibilities: Mystic Surrealism as Contemplative Voluptuousness,” in Messiaen the Theologian, ed. Andrew Shenton (Ashgate, 2010), 163-182.

 “Vivo ergo cogito: Modernism as Temporalization and its Discontents. A Propaedeutic to This Collection,” in The Reception of Pragmatism in France and the Rise of Catholic Modernism, 1890-1914, ed. David Schultenover (Catholic University of America Press, 2009), 21-58.

 “Against Forgetting: Memory, History, Vatican II,” Vatican II: Did Anything Happen? ed. David Schultenover (Continuum, 2008), 92-152; and Theological Studies 67/2 (June 2006): 275-319.

 “The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Re-sourcing Catholic Intellectual Traditions,” Cross Currents 58/1 (Spring 2008): 65-94.


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