John Mason Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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John Mason Neale (1818-1866), the famous Victorian divine, hymnologist, novelist, historian, and author of the carol "Good King Wenceslas," was also noted for his interest in ecumenism. This book traces Neale's interest in the Orthodox church, as expressed through his historical writings, translations of Greek hymns, and novels set in the Christian East. The work is based on a wide variety of manuscript and published sources for the subject, and demonstrates how this leading light in Anglo-Catholic revival acted...
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Overview


John Mason Neale (1818-1866), the famous Victorian divine, hymnologist, novelist, historian, and author of the carol "Good King Wenceslas," was also noted for his interest in ecumenism. This book traces Neale's interest in the Orthodox church, as expressed through his historical writings, translations of Greek hymns, and novels set in the Christian East. The work is based on a wide variety of manuscript and published sources for the subject, and demonstrates how this leading light in Anglo-Catholic revival acted as an exemplary interpreter of Byzantium and Eastern Orthodoxy to the Victorian England of his day. Neale's life and work provide a shining example of how two very different cultures and traditions can approach each other, with fruitful results for both.
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"Litvack's analysis of Neale's hymns is particularly valuable, the more so because they have been the major channel of his enduring influence. A detailed knowledge of Greek hymnody enables Litvack to comment perceptively on Neale's skill as a translator, and the problems he faced in rendering the rhythms and conventions of Greek hymnody into English idiom and metre."--Ecclesiastical History

"Litvack's writing is clear and precise, presenting a fascinating picture of one of England's foremost ecumenical figures, liturgical scholars, and hymnists of the nineteenth century. I highly recommend this book."--Southwestern Journal of Theology

"Litvack has provided a well-written...interpretation of Neale's endeavor to further the cause of the sobornost."--Church Times

"...this study deserves to be in any respectable collection of Anglo-Catholic literature. It is sound, thorough, and extremely valuable."--Angelican and Episcopal History

"[A] fascinating book."--Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198263517
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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The Queen's University, Belfast
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: The Life of John Mason Neale 1
Pt. I Neale's Orthodox Consciousness 35
1 Anglicans and the Eastern Church 37
2 Neale and the Eastern Church 53
3 Neale's Orientalism 63
4 Neale's History of the Holy Eastern Church 75
Pt. II Hymnologist of the Eastern Church 89
5 Neale and Orthodox Hymnody 91
6 Neale's Translations 117
7 Neale's Centos and Adaptations 154
Pt. III Oriental Novelist 179
8 Neale's Craft of Fiction 181
9 Theodora Phranza 207
10 The Lily of Tiflis 234
11 The Lazar-House of Leros 243
12 Short Stories 260
Epilogue: The Legacy of Neale 265
Glossary 268
Bibliography 273
Index 289
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