Faith and Doubt: Religion and Secularization in Literature, 1800-1980

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This major new work from a leading authority touches on issues that are increasingly pertinent to the world today. Pairing great writers from each generation who typify the contrasts and concerns of their age, Professor Brett explores the complex interplay between faith and doubt in English literature since the Enlightenment. Not confining himself to a biographical and historical approach, he deploys his understanding of contemporary philosophy and ideology to throw a new light ...
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Overview

This major new work from a leading authority touches on issues that are increasingly pertinent to the world today. Pairing great writers from each generation who typify the contrasts and concerns of their age, Professor Brett explores the complex interplay between faith and doubt in English literature since the Enlightenment. Not confining himself to a biographical and historical approach, he deploys his understanding of contemporary philosophy and ideology to throw a new light on often neglected areas.
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Brett (English, U. of Hull and elsewhere) pairs Wordsworth and Coleridge, Carlyle and Arnold, George Eliot and Dickens, Tennyson and Browning, Yeats and Eliot, and Auden and Larkin in order to explore the complex interplay between faith and doubt in English literature since the Enlightenment. Although in the introduction he states that his approach is "impenitently biographical and historical," he also deploys his understanding of contemporary philosophy and ideology as he discusses how these writers were shaped but not determined by the times in which they lived. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865545441
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
I Wordsworth and Coleridge 6
II Carlyle and Arnold 54
III George Eliot and Dickens 84
IV Tennyson and Browning 125
V Yeats and Eliot 161
VI Auden and Larkin 205
Notes 240
Bibliography 247
Index 256
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