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
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