Religion, Literature and the Imagination: Sacred Worlds

Religion, Literature and the Imagination: Sacred Worlds

Paperback Continuum Literary Studies

Edited by Louise Lee, Edited by Mark Knight, Contributions by Dr Arthur Bradley, Contributions by Jo Carruthers, Contributions by Robert Eaglestone, Contributions by Professor Kevin Hart, Contributions by Geoffrey H. Hartman, Contributions by Mark Knight, Contributions by Louise Lee, Contributions by Dr Emma Mason

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 202 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 15mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441139680
  • ISBN 13: 9781441139689
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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The study of religion and literature continues to go from strength to strength - this collection of essays offers a dynamic, lively and provocative contribution to the field and aims to map out new directions it might take. By returning to foundational questions regarding the relation between words and worlds and the parameters of the sacred, the essays explore different ways of using interdisciplinary resources to open up our understanding of religion and literature. Contributions from some of the leading voices in the field unite to offer an important exploration of the possible worlds that the study of religion and literature imagines.

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Louise Lee is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at King's College London, UK. Mark Knight is Reader in English Literature at Roehampton University, UK. His books include Chesterton and Evil (Fordham University Press, 2004), Biblical Religion and the Novel, 1700-2000 (co-edited with Thomas Woodman, Ashgate, 2006), and Nineteenth- Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction (co-written with Emma Mason, OUP, 2007). With Emma Mason he is editing the new book series New Directions in Religion and Literature for Continuum.

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"This volume brings together an extraordinary range of writing on poets from Ezekiel to Blake, on novelists from Kingsley to Coupland and on theorists from Adorno to Derrida, all of whom can be seen to rescue literary criticism from the grip of positivism and materialism while illustrating Hartman's suggestion that religion remains more alive in the arts than in the pages of more orthodox theologians." - Professor Terry Wright, School of English, Newcastle University, UK 'In this more than impressive collection, Mark Knight and Louise Lee have gathered an international group of scholars renowned for their work at the interface between theology and literary study, faith and critical theory. In ways both profound and provocative, these writers listen for the words--and echoes of words--that seem to come from elsewhere, from speakers just out of sight. Theirs is a criticism that goes beyond the text to that which it speaks, to the truth of its claims. With care and subtle attention, they explore the imbrication of worlds; the interchange between reality and its imagining that makes life both human and divine." Gerard Loughlin, Professor of Theology, Durham University, UK

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction, Mark Knight and Louise Lee (Roehampton University, UK); Notes Toward a Supreme Addiction: The Theology Fiction of William Blake and Philip K. Dick, Geoffrey Hartman (Yale University, USA); 3. God's Little Mountains: Young Geoffrey Hill and the Problem of Religious Poetry, Kevin Hart (University of Virginia, USA); 4. Religion, Truth and the 'New Aestheticism', Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK); 5. The Deconstruction of Christianity: From the Hand of God to the Hand of Man, Arthur Bradley (Lancaster University, UK); 6. Deity in Dispatches: Charles Kingsley and the Crimean Roots of Muscular Christianity, Louise Lee (Roehampton University, UK); 7. Israel Zangwill, Jewish Identity, and Visceral Religion, Jo Carruthers (Bristol University, UK); 8. I am Not Walter Benjamin, John Schad (Lancaster University, UK); 10. 'The Oldest Dream of All': Heaven in Contemporary Fiction, Andrew Tate (Lancaster University, UK); 11. Biblical Time and Psychological Time: De Quincey's Uses of the Bible, Jonathan Roberts (Liverpool University, UK); 12. Re-imagining Biblical Exegesis, Christopher Rowland (Oxford University, UK); 13. Saving Literary Criticism, Mark Knight (Roehampton University, UK) and Emma Mason (University of Warwick, UK); Index.