Deborah J. Haynes


Authored Books


Beginning Again

Cascade Books, 2018

This book is the fruition of my reflection and writing about art and creativity, and about contemplation and meditation. Available online:

Wipf and Stock

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Bakhtin Reframed

I. B. Tauris, 2013

​An accessible introduction to the breadth of Mikhail Bakhtin’s work in relation to visual and cultural studies. Available from


Spirituality and Growth on the Leadership Path:  An Abecedary

Pickwick, 2012

​Offers lessons not usually taught about leadership, lessons learned over thirty years in higher education and nonprofit organizations. The book’s themes are related to the inner moral and spiritual life. Available from Wipf and Stock Publishers and


Book of This Place: The Land, Art, and Spirituality

Pickwick, 2009

​Explores how place can be the arena for investigating engagement with the land and nature, art and creativity, and spiritual life. Available from Wipf and Stock Publishers and


Art Lessons

Westview, 2003

​Written in the tradition of Robert Henri’s classic book The Art Spirit, Art Lessons is a sustained reflection on the question “what does it mean to become and work as an artist today?" Available from


Vocation of the Artist

Cambridge, 1997

​Examines the historical role of the artist and presents a particular perspective, grounded in the author’s experience as a practicing artist and scholar, on the contemporary function of the artist as prophetic critic and visionary. Available from Cambridge University Press and


Bakhtin and the Visual Arts

Cambridge, 1995

​The first book to analyze the relevance of Bakhtin’s ideas for the visual arts. It focuses primarily on ideas from his early essays, especially answerability, outsideness, and unfinalizability. Available from Cambridge University Press and

Edited Books


The Subjective Eye: Essays on Gender, Art, and Religion

Consulting editor, with Janet Carlson, James Smith III, and Richard Valantasis

​A festschrift in honor of scholar and professor Margaret R. Miles, who has made the visual arts central to her historical, theological, and personal writing.


Opening Our Moral Eye

by M. C. Richards

​The last book of collected writing by Mary Caroline Richards, an exemplary twentieth-century Renaissance woman, passionate thinker, and philosophical artist.

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