Poetics of Jesus: The Search for Christ through Writing in the Nineteenth Century

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This study explores the act of writing within and between the boundaries of 19th-century biblical criticism and fiction. The eight chapters reflect on Christian poetics after Augustine to Baur, Feurbach, Friedrich Strauss, and Victorian novelists of the 18th and 19th centuries, juxtaposing the image of Christ in Victorian biblical criticism against the image of Christ in fiction. It also shows how literature can inform theology and compares the literature and theology of that period to contemporary post-modern theoritical work. The author was funded by the U. of Glasgow but no specific credentials are provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Writing and Jesus - An Elective Affinity 1
Chapter Summaries 12
1 Christology as Writing into Rupture 19
2 Augustine and the Form of the Subject in/of the Imago Dei 37
3 Poetics of the Subject and the Sacred into the Nineteenth Century 45
Friedrich Schiller and the Mythos of the Human Spirit 47
Friedrich Holderlin and Empedokles 49
Goethe and the Morphological Bildung in Wilhelm Meister's Lehrjahre 52
Hegel and the Unwriting of the Self 63
4 Theological Poetics of Jesus Amidst Nineteenth Century Higher Criticism 71
F.C. Baur and the "Universal yet Particular" Christ of Church History 72
Ludwig Feuerbach and The Essence of Christianity 75
David Friedrich Strauss and Mythi in Das Leben Jesu 79
5 Victorian Poetics and (Re)Writing Jesus 91
Figuring Jesus in the Victorian Novel 94
J.A. Froude - The Nemesis of Faith 102
Walter Pater - Marius the Epicurean 112
Mrs. Humphrey Ward - Robert Elsmere 119
6 Scenes of Clerical Life - Images under Erasure 131
Heidegger Reads Eliot - the "Possible" of Poetics 137
7 Adam Bede - Poetics of the Possible and Learning to "See" 151
Iconographic Reading - Chapter XVII and Dutch Realism 153
(Wo)men in the Garden 160
A Poetics of Jesus in Adam Bede 164
8 The Mill on the Floss - Transfigurational Writing as Incarnation 173
The Bildung of Organicism and a Poetics of Jesus 175
Imitatio Jesus/Imitatio Maggie - Writing into Transfigurational Flowing 183
Conclusion: A Poetic Cartography of Grace 197
Bibliography 207
Index of Names 217
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