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Church and Literature

ISBN-10: 0954680995

ISBN-13: 9780954680992

Edition: 2012

Authors: Peter Clarke, Charlotte Methuen

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Christianity and the book have been closely intertwined since the religion's very beginning. The Word itself takes a variety of literary forms: apologetic and polemic texts, sermons, poems, hymns, spiritual autobiography and Christian philosophical reflection. Likewise, many genres of novel, theatre and travel-writing often deal with Christian themes. This volume explores some of the ways in which the Church has both shaped and featured in the literature of different periods, with a particular emphasis on British literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The understanding of literature invoked here is a catholic one, reflecting the universality of Christianity itself, and allowing the exploration of a range of forms of writing emerging in the course of the Church's history. Among the authors discussed are Thomas More, John Milton, Isaac Williams, W. E. Heygate, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Edna Lyall, Silas and Joseph Hocking, Robert Browning, Charles Williams, Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan, Dame Rose Macauley, D. H. Lawrence, W. H. Auden and Ellis Peters. Through this wide-ranging and impressive collection, The Church and Literature illuminates the enduring relationship between the Church and literary creation. Both literary scholars and historians with an interest in Christian culture will find this book invaluable. PETER CLARKE is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Southampton. CHARLOTTE METHUEN is Lecturer in Church History at the University of Glasgow.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Ecclesiastical History Society
Publication date: 5/24/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 530
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892

Preface
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Seeking Meaning behind Epistolary Clich�s: Intercessory Prayer Clauses in Christian Letters
Gregory the Great: Reader, Writer and Read
Was Anyone Listening? Christian Apologetics against Islam as a Literary Genre
Frivolity and Reform in the Church: The Irish Experience, 1066-116
Ecclesiology on the Edge: Dante and the Church
'No milkless cow': The Cross of Christ in Medieval Irish
'Y Ganrif Fawr'? Piety Literature and Patronage in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Wales
The Biblical Verse of Hans Sachs: The Popularization of Scripture in the Lutheran Reformation
Thomas More's Confutation: A Literary Failure?
Staging Vice and Acting Evil: Theatre and Anti-Theatre in Early Modern England
William Perkins's The Arte of Prophecying: A Literary Manifesto
Milton's Churches
Anti-Catholicism and Obscene Literature: The Case of Mrs. Mary Catherine Cadiere and its Context
English Convents in Eighteenth-Century Travel Literature
A Novel Resistance: Mission Narrative as the Anti-Novel in the Evangelical Assault on British Culture
Reserve and Physical Imagery in the Tractarian Poetry of Isaac Williams (1802-65)
W E. Heygate: Tractarian Clerical Novelist
A Writer or a Religious? Lady Georgiana Fullerton's Dilemma
Writing the Sabbath: The Literature of the Nineteenth-Century Sunday Observance Debate
The Pastor Chief and other Stories: Waldensian Historical Fiction in the Nineteenth Century
The Jesuit as Villain in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
Christian Dickens
Disraeli's Novels: Religion and Identity
Breadth from Dissent: Ada Ellen Bayly ('Edna Lyall') and her Fiction
'Pulp Methodism' revisited: The Literature and Significance of Silas and Joseph Hocking
Some Popes in English Literature c.1850-1950
Jesuit Pulp Fiction: The Serial Novels of Antonio Bresciani in La Civilt� Cattolica
Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan: Priest and Novelist (Presidential Address)
'Oh dear, if only the Reformation had happened differently': Anglicanism, the Reformation and Dame Rose Macaulay (1881-1958)
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chamberlain and the Censorship of the Theatre, 1909-49
The Trials of Lady Chatterley, the Modernist Bishop and the Victorian Archbishop: Clashes of Class, Culture and Generations
The Cloister and the Crime: Medieval Monks in Modern Murder-Mysteries
Piety and Polemic in Evangelical Prophecy Fiction, 1995-2000