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While there has been a growing interest in the use of grotesque imagery in art and literature, very little attention has been given to the religious and theological significance of such imagery. This fascinating book redresses that neglect by exploring the religious meaning of the grotesque and its importance as a subject for theological inquiry.
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Christianity and the Arts
The Grotesque in Art and Literature challenges theologians and religious leaders to give serious attention to art as a companion discipline in understanding the Gospel. It is the sort of book that begs to be read many times.
The Living Church
Highly recommended for anyone interested in art and literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802842671
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/19/1997
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Homage to James Luther Adams
1 An Introduction to the Grotesque: Theoretical and Theological Considerations 1
2 The Grotesque and Our Future 69
3 The Grotesque, Theologically Considered 75
4 Carnal Abominations: The Female Body as Grotesque 83
5 Hieronymus Bosch: The Grotesque and We 113
6 Ugly Beauty in Christian Art 125
7 Francis Bacon: The Iconography of Crucifixion, Grotesque Imagery, and Religious Meaning 143
8 Grinning Death's-Head: Hamlet and the Vision of the Grotesque 193
9 The Religious Dimensions of the Grotesque in Literature: Toni Morrison's Beloved 227
10 The Dramatic Version of Ballad of a Sweet Dream of Peace: A Charade for Easter, with the author's introduction 243
Contributors 275
Permissions 277
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