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The Church and Literature

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Christianity and the book have been closely intertwined since the religion's very beginning. The Word itself takes a variety of literary forms: apologetic and polemic texts, sermons, poems, hymns, spiritual autobiography and Christian philosophical reflection. Likewise, many genres of novel, theatre and travel-writing often deal with Christian themes. This volume explores some of the ways in which the Church has both shaped and featured in the literature of different periods, with a particular emphasis on British...
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Overview

Christianity and the book have been closely intertwined since the religion's very beginning. The Word itself takes a variety of literary forms: apologetic and polemic texts, sermons, poems, hymns, spiritual autobiography and Christian philosophical reflection. Likewise, many genres of novel, theatre and travel-writing often deal with Christian themes. This volume explores some of the ways in which the Church has both shaped and featured in the literature of different periods, with a particular emphasis on British literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The understanding of literature invoked here is a catholic one, reflecting the universality of Christianity itself, and allowing the exploration of a range of forms of writing emerging in the course of the Church's history. Among the authors discussed are Thomas More, John Milton, Isaac Williams, W. E. Heygate, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Edna Lyall, Silas and Joseph Hocking, Robert Browning, Charles Williams, Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan, Dame Rose Macauley, D. H. Lawrence, W. H. Auden and Ellis Peters. Through this wide-ranging and impressive collection, The Church and Literature illuminates the enduring relationship between the Church and literary creation. Both literary scholars and historians with an interest in Christian culture will find this book invaluable. PETER CLARKE is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Southampton. CHARLOTTE METHUEN is Lecturer in Church History at the University of Glasgow. Contributors: Daniel Anlezark, Clyde Binfield, John Boneham, Philip Broadhead, David Brooks, Renie Choy, Thomas N. Corns, Eamon Duffy, David N. Dumville, Jessica Lee Ehinger, Benjamin L. Fischer, Sarah Foot, Sheridan Gilley, Crawford Gribben, Bernard Hamilton, Colin Haydon, George Herring, Kathleen Jaeger, Oliver Logan, Judith Maltby, Stuart Mews, Katharine K. Olson, George Oppitz-Trotman, W. B. Patterson, Salvador Ryan, Andrew Sanders, Mark Smith, Martin Spence, John Took, Caroline Watkinson, Peter Webster, Martin Wellings, John Wolffe
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A feast for anyone interested in religious history and a rich storehouse for anyone wishing to read about the latest thinking on any of the topics discussed. CONTEMPORARY REVIEW This feast of a book takes us outside familiar conventions and offers much needed historical perspective. CHRISTIANITY TODAY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780954680992
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/24/2012
  • Series: Studies in Church History , #48
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

List of Illustrations xi

List of Contributors xii

List of Abbreviations xv

Introduction xix

Seeking Meaning behind Epistolary Clichés: Intercessory Prayer Clauses in Christian Letters Renie Choy 1

Gregory the Great: Reader, Writer and Read Daniel Anlezark 12

Was Anyone Listening? Christian Apologetics against Islam as a Literary Genre Jessica Lee Ehinger 35

Frivolity and Reform in the Church: The Irish Experience, 1066-116 David N. Dumville 47

Ecclesiology on the Edge: Dante and the Church John Took 65

'No milkless cow': The Cross of Christ in Medieval Irish Salvador Ryan 83

'Y Ganrif Fawr'? Piety Literature and Patronage in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Wales Katharine K. Olson 107

The Biblical Verse of Hans Sachs: The Popularization of Scripture in the Lutheran Reformation Philip Broadhead 124

Thomas More's Confutation: A Literary Failure? Eamon Duffy 134

Staging Vice and Acting Evil: Theatre and Anti-Theatre in Early Modern England George Oppitz-Trotman 156

William Perkins's The Arte of Prophecying: A Literary Manifesto W B. Patterson 170

Milton's Churches Thomas N. Corns 185

Anti-Catholicism and Obscene Literature: The Case of Mrs. Mary Catherine Cadiere and its Context Colin Haydon 202

English Convents in Eighteenth-Century Travel Literature Caroline Watkinson 219

A Novel Resistance: Mission Narrative as the Anti-Novel in the Evangelical Assault on British Culture Benjamin L. Fischer 232

Reserve and Physical Imagery in the Tractarian Poetry of Isaac Williams (1802-65) John Boneham 246

W E. Heygate: Tractarian Clerical Novelist George Herring 259

A Writer or a Religious? Lady Georgiana Fullerton's Dilemma Kathleen Jaeger 271

Writing the Sabbath: The Literature of the Nineteenth-Century Sunday Observance Debate Martin Spence 283

The Pastor Chief and other Stories: Waldensian Historical Fiction in the Nineteenth Century Mark Smith 296

The Jesuit as Villain in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction John Wolffe 308

Christian Dickens Andrew Sanders 321

Disraeli's Novels: Religion and Identity David Brooks 337

Breadth from Dissent: Ada Ellen Bayly ('Edna Lyall') and her Fiction Clyde Binfield 349

'Pulp Methodism' revisited: The Literature and Significance of Silas and Joseph Hocking Martin Wellings 362

Some Popes in English Literature c.1850-1950 Bernard Hamilton 374

Jesuit Pulp Fiction: The Serial Novels of Antonio Bresciani in La Civiltà Cattolica Oliver Logan 385

Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan: Priest and Novelist (Presidential Address) Sheridan Gilley 397

'Oh dear, if only the Reformation had happened differently': Anglicanism, the Reformation and Dame Rose Macaulay (1881-1958) Judith Maltby 423

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chamberlain and the Censorship of the Theatre, 1909-49 Peter Webster 437

The Trials of Lady Chatterley, the Modernist Bishop and the Victorian Archbishop: Clashes of Class, Culture and Generations Stuart Mews 449

The Cloister and the Crime: Medieval Monks in Modern Murder-Mysteries Sarah Foot 465

Piety and Polemic in Evangelical Prophecy Fiction, 1995-2000 Crawford Gribben 478

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