Emily Bronte and the Religious Imagination by Simon MarsdenEmily Bronte and the Religious Imagination by Simon Marsden

Emily Bronte and the Religious Imagination

bySimon Marsden

Paperback | May 21, 2015

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Readers of Emily Bront¿'s poetry and of Wuthering Heights have seen in their author, variously, a devout if somewhat unorthodox Christian, a heretic, or a visionary "mystic of the moors". Rather than seeking to resolve this matter, Emily Bront¿ and the Religious Imagination suggests that such conflicting readings are the product of tensions, conflicts and ambiguities within the texts themselves. Rejecting the idea that a single, coherent set of religious doctrines are to be found in Bront¿'s work, this book argues that Wuthering Heights and the poems dramatise individual experiences of faith in the context of a world in which such faith is always conflicted, always threatened. Bront¿'s work dramatises the experience of imaginative faith that is always contested by the presence of other voices, other worldviews. Her characters cling to visionary faith in the face of death and mortality, awaiting and anticipating a final vindication, an eschatological fulfilment that always lies in a future beyond the scope of the text.
Simon Marsden is Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Liverpool, UK.
Title:Emily Bronte and the Religious ImaginationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.5 inPublished:May 21, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1474239064

ISBN - 13:9781474239066


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements \ A Note on Texts \ Introduction: The Unfinished Sentence \ 1. Enchantment \ 2. Christianity \ 3. Death and Eschatology \ 4. Faith, Doubt and Wuthering Heights \ (not) Conclusion \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Index

Editorial Reviews

This book is a welcome contribution as a thorough, theologically informed treatment of Emily Bront¿'s literary work ... It is clearly and accessibly written, thoroughly pursued ... and offers many perceptive insights into this writer's richly inventive and contextually aware response to religious traditions and problems.