Literature And Religion In Mid-Victorian England [NOOK Book]

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This book places Dickens and Wilkie Collins against such important figures as John Henry Newman and George Eliot in their response to the religious crisis of mid-nineteenth century England. In foregrounding this aspect of their most important work this study seeks to relocate Dickens and Collins in the context of contemporary debate. Both writers propounded a liberal Christian belief, often dismissed as naive or alternatively as a marketable fiction, in their own lifetime. Most later critics have made the same ...
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Literature And Religion In Mid-Victorian England

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Overview

This book places Dickens and Wilkie Collins against such important figures as John Henry Newman and George Eliot in their response to the religious crisis of mid-nineteenth century England. In foregrounding this aspect of their most important work this study seeks to relocate Dickens and Collins in the context of contemporary debate. Both writers propounded a liberal Christian belief, often dismissed as naive or alternatively as a marketable fiction, in their own lifetime. Most later critics have made the same assumption. This study examines the intense particularity of religious debate in the nineteenth century, and the correspondingly ambiguous status of liberal Christianity. Surprisingly the treatment of religion in both Dickens and Collins is seen to be fraught with tension. The purpose of this book is to recover the difficulty with which Dickens in particular overcame his belief in Judgement and the subtlety of Collins's argument with his own evangelical upbringing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230568167
  • Publisher: Palgrave-UK-USA
  • Publication date: 12/13/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • File size: 282 KB

Meet the Author

Carolyn Oulton is a Lecturer in the English Department at Canterbury Christ Church University College, Canterbury, UK.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Tradings in Religion: Legislation and Crisis at Mid-Century 1
2 A Man's Resolution and a Woman's Patience: Fighting the Battle of Life 52
3 The Redeployment of Doctrine - Treatment of Original Sin, Infant Depravity and Providentialism 94
4 Subverting Judgement: the Case for Redemption through Sanctification of the Sinner 128
5 Pet Prisoners and Honest Paupers: Philanthropic Dealings with Poverty and Criminality 161
6 Conclusion 194
Notes 199
Bibliography 213
Index 220
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