Redemption in Poetry and Philosophy

Redemption in Poetry and Philosophy : Wordsworth, Kant & the Making of the Post-Christian Imagination

By (author) Simon Haines


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A biblical understanding of redemption requires the sacrificial death of Jesus. In the post-Christian world envisioned by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his Enlightenment contemporaries, the Christ-centric source of redemption disappears, though the human need for salvation remains. Redemption in Poetry and Philosophy explores how this need for redemption is realized in the post-Christian poetics of William Wordsworth and philosophical imagination of Immanuel Kant. Simon Haines critiques the secular modes of salvation articulated by each figure to illustrate the shortcomings of modern, post-Christian imagination. Redemption in Poetry and Philosophy highlights the ways in which prose allegedly serves as a redemptive agent for nonbelievers in the modern age, but also engenders dangerous notions of self-redemption in contemporary Christians.

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  • Hardback | 269 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • 01 Aug 2013
  • Baylor University Press
  • Waco
  • English
  • diagrams, figures
  • 1602587795
  • 9781602587793
  • 1,508,158

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Simon Haines is Professor and Chair of English, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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"Redemption in Poetry and Philosophy is highly original, lucid, tremendously thoughtful. Haines' knowledge of Western literature and philosophy is masterful. This work brings from the conceptual world of philosophy to the metaphorical world of poetry something I am confident that Romantic scholars will welcome and debate for years to come." -- Richard Lansdown, Associate Professor of English, James Cook University

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