The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

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The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology is a defining volume of essays in which leading international scholars apply an interdisciplinary approach to the long and evolving relationship between English Literature and Theology. The volume first offers a chronological account of key moments in the formation of the tradition; goes on to demonstrate literary ways of reading the Bible, theological ways of reading literature, and literary conceptions of theological texts; and finally explores the great themes that have preoccupied the Jewish and Christian traditions. Framing editorial essays describe the history, the cultural implications, and the methodological issues of this now popular interdisciplinary study, before speculating as to its possible futures in a postmodern, multicultural world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199544486
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Hass is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Stirling. David Jasper is Professor of Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow. Elisabeth Jay is Professor of English at Oxford Brookes University.

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Table of Contents

Introductory Essays
1. 'Now and in England', Elisabeth Jay
2. The Study of Literature and Theology, David Jasper
General Reading List
The Formation of the Tradition
3. Origins in the English Tradition, Michael Fox
4. Vernacular Bibles and Prayer Books and English Literature, Lynne Long
5. The Protestant and Catholic Reformations, Brian Cummings
6. The Enlightenment, Rhodri Lewis
7. Romanticism, Scott Masson
8. The Influence of German Criticism on English Literature, David E. Klemm
9. The Victorians, T. R. Wright
10. Modernism in Literature and Theology, Cleo Kearns
11. Postmodernism, Kevin Hart
Literary Ways of Reading the Bible
12. The Bible as Literature and Sacred Text, Peter S. Hawkins
13. The Pentateuch, Tod Linafelt
14. Judges, Timothy K. Beal
15. Literary Approaches to the Psalms, Alastair Hunter
16. Song of Songs, J. Cheryl Exum
17. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job in Literature, Kirsten Nielsen
18. Prophetic Literature, Yvonne Sherwood
19. Literary Ways of Reading the Synoptic Gospels, George Aichele
20. The Gospel of John, Adele Reinhartz
21. Apocalyptic Literature, Christopher Rowland
Theological Ways of Reading Literature
22. William Langland and Geoffrey Chaucer, Nicholas Watson
23. Shakespeare and Marlow, Thomas Healy
24. Herbert and Donne, Helen Wilcox
25. John Milton, Michel Lieb
26. The Eighteenth-Century Novel, Scott Robertson
27. William Blake, Christopher Burdon
28. Wordsworth and Coleridge, Simon Bainbridge
29. George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, Norman Vance
30. James Joyce, Valentine Cunningham
31. T. S. Eliot, David Jones and W. H. Auden, Stephen Medcalf
32. The Feminist Literary Revisioning of Sacred Traditions, Heather Walton
Theology as Literature
33. Thomas Cranmer and the Collects, Donald Gray
34. John Bunyan - Thinker and Tinker, Robert G. Collmer
35. Bishop Butler, Lori Branch
36. John Keble and 'The Christian Year', Kirstie Blair
37. John Henry Newman, Ian Ker
38. Matthew Arnold, Luke Ferretter
39. The Theology of C. S. Lewis, Cath Filmer-Davies
40. Liturgy as Literature, Bridget Nichols
The Great Themes
41. Evil and the God of Love, Eric Ziolkowski
42. Death and the Afterlife, Tina Pippin
43. The Pastoral Tradition in English Religious Poetry, David Scott
44. The Passion Story in Literature, Paul Fiddes
45. Possibilities of Redemption within Secular Texts, Daniel Boscaljon
46. Body and Word, Alison Jasper
47. Visions of Heaven and Hell, Elena Volkova
48. Feminism and Patriarchy, Pamela Sue Anderson
49. Salvation - Personal and Political, George Newlands
50. The Future of English Literature and Theology, Andrew Hass

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