Seeing Into the Life of Things: Essays on Literature and Religious Experience

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John L. Mahoney
Fordham Univ Press, 1998 - 364 Seiten
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As the discourse of contemporary cultural studies brings questions of race, nationality, and gender to the center of critical attention nowadays, there is a strong sense that religious, or perhaps religious experience, should command the attention of the academic and wider reading community. Seeing into the Life of Things is a response to that need. By combining the theoretical and the practical, this book serves as both a pioneering scholarly contribution to a devleoping field and a valuable guide for those who read, reflect on, and discuss points of intersection of religion and literature.

The contributors to this pioneering study represent a range of voices and viewpoints, some of them established leaders in their fields, others in the process of becoming new leaders. E. Dennis Taylor, Joseph Appleyard, Philip Rule, John Boyd, and Jane and Charles Rzepka work toward the development of a discourse that can take its place with discourses that have developed around a New Historicism and Feminism. Robert Kiely, Stephen Fix, Keven Van Anglen, J. Robert Barth, Richard Kearney, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Judith Wilt, John L. Mahoney, David Leigh, Melinda Ponder, John Anderson, and Michael Raiger offer more focused approaches to writers as varied as Gerard Manley Hopkins, Katherine Lee Bates, Flannery O'Connor, Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, and Seamus Heaney and to special genres like spritual autobiography and film.

 

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PREFACE
xiii
SOME THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
1
The Need for a Religious Literary Criticism
3
Imaginations Arc The Spiritual Development of Readers
31
The Gendered Imagination in Religion and Literature
59
The Paschal Action and the Christian Imagination
73
Moral CrossDressing Contemporary Trends in Liberal Preacning and Literary Criticism
88
SOME PRACTICAL APPROACHES
109
Gender and the Religious Vision Katharine Lee Bates and Poetic Elegy
171
In the Churchyard Outside the Church Personal Mysticism and Ecclesiastical Politics in Two Poems by Charlotte Smith
195
The Sacramental Vision of Gerard Manley Hopkins
210
Reading Modern Religious Autobiographies Multidimensional and Multicultural Approaches
226
Large and Startling Figures The Grotesque and the Sublime in tne Short Stories of Flannery O Connor
242
Sour Grapes Ezekiel and the Literature of Social Justice
271
Wallace Stevenss Spiritual Voyage A BuddhistChristian Path to Conversion
277
Poetry Language and Identity A Note on Seamus Heaney
305

The Saints Underwear A Postmodern Reflection on The Rule and Life of St Benedict with help from Gregory the Great and Hildegard of Bingen
111
Prayer Poetry and Paradise Lost Samuel Johnson as Reader or Miltons Christian Epic
126
Reading Transcendentalist Texts Religiously Emerson Thoreau and the Myth of Secularization
152
Stevie Smith Skepticism and the Poetry or Religious Experience
319
Acts of God Film Religion and FX
331
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John L. Mahoney is Thomas F. Rattigan Professor of English at Boston College and specializes in British Enlightenment and Romantic Literature. He has previously published books on Hazlitt, Keats, and Coleridge.

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