The Sacred and Secular Canon in Romanticism: Preserving the Sacred Truths

The Sacred and Secular Canon in Romanticism: Preserving the Sacred Truths

by David Jasper
     
 

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This book focuses on some of the greatest writers and artists of European Romanticism, including S. T. Coleridge, Wordsworth, J. M. W. Turner, Goethe, Holderlin, and, in the later nineteenth century, Matthew Arnold. Concluding with a discussion of the significance of Romanticism for our understanding of postmodernity, its various chapters explore the place of the

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This book focuses on some of the greatest writers and artists of European Romanticism, including S. T. Coleridge, Wordsworth, J. M. W. Turner, Goethe, Holderlin, and, in the later nineteenth century, Matthew Arnold. Concluding with a discussion of the significance of Romanticism for our understanding of postmodernity, its various chapters explore the place of the biblical canon as the central element in the shift from the sacred to the secular, and the place of the Bible in the development of our concept of Weltliteratur, or world literature, as definitive of culture. In Romanticism, the Bible is situated between two worlds—the ancient and the modern—and remains central in our postmodern world as the power of traditional religious language fades and gives way to new perceptions of the sacred in poetry and art. This book will be of interest to all concerned with art, literature, and the development of biblical criticism and religious thought.

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Focuses on some of the greatest writers and artists of European Romanticism and on Arnold of the 19th century. The chapters explore the place of the biblical canon as the central element in the shift from the sacred to the secular, and the place of the Bible in the development of the concept of world literature as definitive of culture. The conclusion discusses the significance of Romanticism for understanding postmodernity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Jasper draws an astute portrait of the evolving relationship between Scripture and literature. . .[His] argument merits thoughtful consideration. Anglican Theological Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606088340
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Series:
David Jasper Reprint Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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