During the later eighteenth century the Bible underwent a shift in interpretation so radical as to make it virtually a different book from what it had been a hundred years earlier. Even as historical criticism suggested that the Bible's text was neither stable nor original, the new notion of the Bible as a cultural artifact became a paradigm of all literature. Not merely was English, German and French Romanticism steeped in Biblical references of a new kind, but theories of literature and criticism came to be Biblically derived.
Nearly every form of religion or spirituality has a vital connection with art. Religions across the world, from Hinduism and Buddhism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, have been involved over the centuries with a rich array of artistic traditions, both sacred and secular. In its uniquely multi-dimensional consideration of the topic,The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts provides expert guidance to artistry and aesthetic theory in religion. The Handbook offers nearly forty original essays by an international team of leading scholars on the main topics, issues, methods, and resources for the study of religious and theological aesthetics. The volume ranges from antiquity to the present day to examine religious and artistic imagination, fears of idolatry, aesthetics in worship, and the role of art in social transformation and in popular religion-covering a full array of forms of media, from music and poetry to architecture and film. An authoritative text for scholars and students, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts will remain an invaluable resource for years to come.
"The Book of God manages to be at once ambitious, deliberate, and nuanced in its interconnecting conceptions of philosophy and literary criticism."—Orrin Wang, University of Maryland
Features:• Wide chronological coverage of English literature, especially texts found in the Norton, Oxford, Blackwell and other standard anthologies• Short, punchy essays that engage with the texts, the critics, and literary and social issues• Background and survey articles• Glossaries of Bible themes, images and narratives• Annotated bibliography and questions for class discussion or personal reflection• Scholarly yet accessible, jargon-free approach – ideal for school and university students, book groups and general readersCreated for readers who may be unfamiliar with the Bible, church history or theological development, it offers an understanding of Christianity’s key concepts, themes, images and characters as they relate to English literature up to the present day.
Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible charts the impact of post-Enlightenment biblical criticism on English literary culture. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw a widespread reevaluation of biblical inspiration, in which the Bible’s poetic nature came to be seen as an integral part of its religious significance. Understandably, then, many poets who followed this interpretative revolution—including Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning—came to reconceive their highest vocational ambitions: if the Bible is essentially poetry, then modern poetry might perform a cultural role akin to that of scripture. This context equally illuminates the aims and achievements of famous Victorian unbelievers such as Arthur Hugh Clough and George Eliot, who also responded enthusiastically to the poetic ideal of an inspired text. Building upon a recent and ongoing reevaluation of religion as a vital aspect of Victorian culture, Charles LaPorte shows the enduring relevance of religion in a period usually associated with its decline. In doing so, he helps to delineate the midcentury shape of a literary dynamic that is generally better understood in Romantic poetry of the earlier part of the century. The poets he examines all wrestled with modern findings about the Bible's fortuitous historical composition, yet they owed much of their extraordinary literary success to their ability to capitalize upon the progress of avant-garde biblical interpretation. This book's revisionary and provocative thesis speaks not only to the course of English poetics but also to the logic of nineteenth-century literary hierarchies and to the continuing evolution of religion in the modern era. Victorian Literature and Culture Series
This reference contains academic papers by rising scholars trained in the United Kingdom.
Culls together important criticism of fantastic literature from Plato and Aristotle to present critics.
This book challenges our current critical understanding of the relations between gender, genre and literary authority in this period.
The essays in this volume blend historical and philosophical reflection with concern for contemporary political problems. They show that the causes and motivations of civil religion are a permanent fixture of the human condition, though some of its manifestations and proximate causes have shifted in an age of multiculturalism, religious toleration, and secularization
Das Literaturwissenschaftliche Jahrbuch wurde 1926 von Günther Müller gegründet. Beabsichtigt war, in dieser Publikation regelmäßig einen Überblick über neue Forschungsvorhaben und Ergebnisse zu bieten. Darüber hinaus enthielt das Jahrbuch auch Primärliteratur. 1939 verboten die Nationalsozialisten das Periodikum. Eine Neue Folge wurde im Jahre 1960 unter der Ägide des Germanisten Hermann Kunisch begründet, die inzwischen auf nunmehr 39 Bände gediehen ist. In der fächerübergreifenden Zeitschrift werden Beiträge zur Germanistik, Altgermanistik, Anglistik/Amerikanistik und Romanistik in Deutsch und in den zu den Fächern gehörenden Sprachen publiziert.Das Literaturwissenschaftliche Jahrbuch ist auf keine Methode festgelegt. Die Herausgeber streben an, auch Beiträge junger Nachwuchswissenschaftler aufzunehmen. Abgedruckt sind jeweils Aufsätze zu allen vertretenen Literaturen sowie ein umfangreicher Buchbesprechungsteil. Zu seinen Besonderheiten gehört darüber hinaus, bislang unveröffentlichte literarische Texte zu publizieren.
There is no book more important for our culture than the Bible, and it is fundamental to the study of English literature and language.
Stephen Prickett explores the 'narrative' in ways of thinking about the world over 300 years.
Varying degrees of attention are paid to Jesus' four speeches in the Galilean ministry of the Gospel of Luke. Despite increasing interest in ancient Graeco-Roman rhetoric in biblical studies, few scholars examine the speeches from the lens of ancient rhetorical argument. In addition, with the exception of the inaugural speech in Luke 4.14-30, little attention is afforded to the relevance of the speeches for understanding larger nuances of the narrative discourse and how this affects the hermeneutical appropriation of authorial readers. In contrast, Spencer examines each speech from the context of ancient rhetorical argument and pinpoints various narrative trajectories-as associated with theme, plot, characterization, and topoi-that emerge from the rhetorical texture. In doing so, he shows that the four speeches function as "sign posts" that are integral to guiding the Lukan narrative from the "backwaters" of Galilee to the center of the Roman Empire.
"The Dread of Difference is a classic. Few film studies texts have been so widely read and so influential. It's rarely on the shelf at my university library, so continuously does it circulate. Now this new edition expands the already comprehensive coverage of gender in the horror film with new essays on recent developments such as the Hostel series and torture porn. Informative and enlightening, this updated classic is an essential reference for fans and students of horror movies."—Stephen Prince, editor of The Horror Film and author of Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality "An impressive array of distinguished scholars . . . gazes deeply into the darkness and then forms a Dionysian chorus reaffirming that sexuality and the monstrous are indeed mated in many horror films."—Choice "An extremely useful introduction to recent thinking about gender issues within this genre."—Film Theory
Esta obra constituye la primera guía completa sobre el estado actual de los estudios bíblicos. Los veintiún capítulos, encargados expresamente a especialistas de reconocido prestigio de Norteamérica y Gran Bretaña, presentan puntos de vista tanto tradicionales como contemporáneos. Los capítulos de la Primera Parte abarcan todos los métodos y enfoques actualmente practicados en el estudio académico de la Biblia, mientras que los de la Segunda Parte examinan los principales bloques de libros de la Biblia desde la perspectiva de la investigación reciente –por ejemplo, los libros históricos del Antiguo Testamento, evangelios, literatura profética...–. Se plantean cuestiones importantes: la relación entre el moderno estudio "crítico" de la Biblia y los enfoques "precríticos" y "postcríticos": el lugar de la historia en el estudio de la Biblia: las inquietudes feministas, liberacionistas y neohistoricistas: la relación entre la investigación cristiana y la judía: y el reciente interés por la Biblia como literatura. Este libro es un instrumento ideal para estudiantes y lectores no especialistas, por su bien cuidado tono de divulgación. JOHN BARTON ocupa la cátedra Oriel and Laing de Interpretación de la Sagrada Escritura en la Universidad de Oxford. Algunos de sus libros son: Reading the Old Testament: Method in Biblical Study (1984, 1996): Oracle of God: Perceptions of Ancient Prophecy in Israel after the Exile (1986): People of the Book? The Authority of the Bible in Christianity (1988): y The Spirit and the Letter: Studies in the Biblical Canon (1997).
An indepth work on the origins of the Merlin of Arthurian legend, this book examines early texts, thirteenth century romances focusing particularly on Merlin as a character, rather than those where Merlin is a background cast member. The outline here starts with looking at the genre and the place of fantasy, moving on to consider the attitudes towards magic and magic-users in medieval times. Main works considered are Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae and Vita Merlini; the Vulgate cycle, Suite du Merlin; and finally Malory’s work. The author asserts that each portrays a different approach to Merlin but all are tied to history and to the Christian religion.

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