Literature and Spirituality

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byYaw Adu-gyamfi, Mark Ray Schmidt

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Literature and Spirituality is part of Longman's The Essential Literature Series.  This book takes the reader on a literary spritiual journal through diverse works of literature.  This anthology of literary works gives a taste of some of the ways writers have explored, shared, dismissed, or argued about the ultimate, spiritual questions of life.  The first goal of this book is to give a range of works which show how authors can take us beyond our immediate, daily experience.  The second, more subtle, goal of this work is that readers will seek to find health in their spiritual lives.  In spite of radical differences, the religions of the world share a common concern:  humanity is searching for a spiritual peace which can give the individual an anchor to survive the storms of life.  The editors of this anthology have their firm conclusions about how people can find peace with God.  They invite you to also explore this issue for yourself.  They hope that these selections will challenge you to seek the personal peace and spiritual health which Jesus promised.

 

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Literature and Spirituality is part of Longman's The Essential Literature Series.  This book takes the reader on a literary spritiual journal through diverse works of literature.  This anthology of literary works gives a taste of some of the ways writers have explored, shared, dismissed, or argued about the ultimate, spiritual question...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:December 7, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Literature and Spirituality  


Table of Contents

 

Organizing the Book into Thematic Chapters:

 

 

Chapter One:  Spirituality as Quest

 

Hermann Hesse                        from Siddhartha

Bible, Gospel of Luke               Three Parables about Losing and Finding (including the Prodigal Son)

St. Augustine                            from Confessions

Petrarch                                   The Ascent of Mount Ventoux

Jean-Paul Rousseau                  from Confessions

T. S. Eliot                                 The Wasteland

                                                Journey of the Magi

Naguib Mahfouz                       Zaabalawi

 

 

Chapter Two:  Spirituality in the Context of Pride, Rebellion, and Submission

 

C. S. Lewis                              from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

                                                from The Screwtape Letters

                                                from Mere Christianity

Alexander Solzhenitsyn from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

John Milton                              On His Blindness

John Donne                              Batter my Heart

George Herbert                        The Collar

Anonymous                              The Anvil — God's Word

Chinua Achebe             Dead Men's Path

Hudson and Welland                Chariots of Fire   

 

 

Chapter Three:  Products of Spirituality: Belief, Prayers, Worship, and Morality

 

Bible, Genesis                           The Story of Joseph

Koran                                      The Story of Joseph

Bible, Psalms                            Psalms 51, 104, and 139

Bhagavah Gita                          Krishna meets with Arjuna

Anne Bradstreet                       Contemplations

Mahadeviyakka                        Husband Inside

Mirabai                                    Let Us go to a Realm Beyond Going

Navajo Chant                           Healing Prayer

Gerard Manley Hopkins           God’s Grandeur

Ralph Waldo Emerson  Each and All

                                                Uriel

Li Young Lee                           The Gift

Wole Soyinka                           Dawn

Amy Tan                                  from The Joy Luck Club

Leslie Marmon Silko                 Where Mountain Lion Lay Down with Deer

N. Scott Momaday                   The Bear

 

 

Chapter Four:  Challenges of Spirituality: Faith, Dilemma, Duplicity, and Doubt

 

Nathaniel Hawthorne                Young Goodman Brown

Yeats                                       The Second Coming

Emily Dickinson                        Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church

                                                The Lightning is a yellow fork

Gwendolyn Brooks                   The Preacher:  ruminates behind the sermon

Paul Lawrence Dunbar We Wear the Mask

Langston Hughes                      Salvation

Richard Eberhart                      The Fury of Aerial Bombardment

Sandra Cisnero             from House on Mango Street

Bich Minh Nguyen                    from Stealing Buddha's Dinner

                       

 

Chapter Five:  Spirituality and the Questions of Life, Death,  Afterlife, and Redemption

 

Spirituals                                  Go Down Moses

                                                I Know Moon Rise

William Cullen Bryant   Thanatopsis

Benjamin Franklin                     The Ephemera:  An Emblem of Human Life

Henry James                             The Middle Years

Stephen Crane                          A Mystery of Heroism

Sylvia Plath                               Last Words

Yusef Komunyakaa                  Facing It

Flannery O’Connor                  A Good Man is Hard to Find

Anonymous                              Everyman

 


Genre Approach to Spirituality

 

Narrative

 

Bible, Genesis                           The Story of Joseph

Koran                                      The Story of Joseph

Bhagavah Gita                          Krishna meets with Arjuna

Hermann Hesse                        from Siddhartha

Bible, Gospel of Luke               Three Parables about Losing and Finding (including the Prodigal Son)

St. Augustine                            from Confessions

Petrarch                                   The Ascent of Mount Ventoux

Jean-Paul Rousseau                  from Confessions

Benjamin Franklin                     The Ephemera:  An Emblem of Human Life

Nathaniel Hawthorne                Young Goodman Brown

Henry James                             The Middle Years

Stephen Crane                          A Mystery of Heroism

Flannery O’Connor                  A Good Man is Hard to Find               

C. S. Lewis                              from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

                                                from The Screwtape Letters

                                                from Mere Christianity

Alexander Solzhenitsyn from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Chinua Achebe             Dead Men's Path

Langston Hughes                      Salvation

Naguib Mahfouz                       Zaabalawi

Sandra Cisnero             from House on Mango Street

Amy Tan                                  from The Joy Luck Club

Bich Minh Nguyen                    from Stealing Buddha's Dinner

                                                           

Poetry

 

Bible, Psalms                            Psalms 51, 104, and 139

Mahadeviyakka                        Husband Inside

Mirabai                                    Let Us go to a Realm Beyond Going

John Milton                              On His Blindness

John Donne                              Batter my Heart

George Herbert                        The Collar

Spirituals                                  Go Down Moses

                                                I Know Moon Rise

Navajo Chant                           Healing Prayer

Anne Bradstreet                       Contemplations

Ralph Waldo Emerson  Uriel

                                                Each and All

William Cullen Bryant   Thanatopsis

Emily Dickinson                        Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church

                                                The Lightning is a yellow fork

Anonymous                              The Anvil — God's Word

Gerard Manley Hopkins           God’s Grandeur

T. S. Eliot                                 The Wasteland

                                                Journey of the Magi

Yeats                                       The Second Coming

Paul Lawrence Dunbar We Wear the Mask

Gwendolyn Brooks                   The Preacher:  ruminates behind the sermon

Richard Eberhart                      The Fury of Aerial Bombardment

Li Young Lee                           The Gift

Sylvia Plath                               Last Words

Wole Soyinka                           Dawn

Yusef Komunyakaa                  Facing It

Leslie Marmon Silko                 Where Mountain Lion Lay Down with Deer

N. Scott Momaday                   The Bear

 

 

Drama

 

            Anonymous                              Everyman

 

           

Movie Study Guide 

 

            Hugh Hudson                           Chariots of Fire

                         (director)

            Colin Welland

                        (screen writer)             


American Literature from Theism to Postmodernism: A Historiography of Spirituality

 

Theism of Colonial Period

Anne Bradstreet                       Contemplations

Spirituals                                  Go Down Moses

                                                I Know Moon Rise

 

Rationalism of the Age of Reason

Benjamin Franklin                     The Ephemera: An Emblem of Human Life

 

The Pantheism of the Age of Romanticism

William Cullen Bryant   Thanatopsis

Ralph Waldo Emerson  Each and All

                                                Uriel                            

Nathaniel Hawthorne                Young Goodman Brown

 

The Realism and Naturalism of Late-Nineteenth Century and Early-Twentieth Century

Henry James                             The Middle Years

Stephen Crane                          A Mystery of Heroism

Paul Lawrence Dunbar We Wear the Mask

 

Modernism, Postmodernism, and Multiculturalism after the Two World Wars

T. S. Eliot                                 The Wasteland

                                                Journey of the Magi

Langston Hughes                      Salvation

Flannery O’Connor                  A Good Man is Hard to Find

Yusef Komunyakaa                  Facing It

Sandra Cisnero             from House on Mango Street

Bich Minh Nguyen                    from Stealing Buddha's Dinner

Gwendolyn Brooks                   The Preacher:  ruminates behind the sermon

Richard Eberhart                      The Fury of Aerial Bombardment

Amy Tan                                  from The Joy Luck Club

Li Young Lee                           The Gift

Leslie Marmon Silko                 Where Mountain Lion Lay Down with Deer

N. Scott Momaday                   The Bear

           

  Spirituality in the Context of the Judeo-Christian Tradition

 

Bible, Psalms                            Psalms 51, 104, and 139

Bible, Genesis                           The Story of Joseph

Koran                                      The Story of Joseph

Bible, Gospel of Luke               Three Parables about Losing and Finding (including the Prodigal Son)

St. Augustine                            from Confessions

Anonymous                              Everyman

Petrarch                                   The Ascent of Mount Ventoux

John Milton                              On His Blindness

John Donne                              Batter my Heart

George Herbert                        The Collar

Anne Bradstreet                       Contemplations

Nathaniel Hawthorne                Young Goodman Brown

Spirituals                                  Go Down Moses

                                                I Know Moon Rise

Emily Dickinson                        Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church

                                                The Lightning is a yellow fork

Anonymous                              The Anvil — God's Word

Gerard Manley Hopkins           God’s Grandeur

T. S. Eliot                                 The Wasteland

                                                Journey of the Magi                                         

Yeats                                       The Second Coming

Flannery O’Connor                  A Good Man is Hard to Find               

C. S. Lewis                              from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

                                                from The Screwtape Letters

                                                from Mere Christianity

Alexander Solzhenitsyn from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Chinua Achebe             Dead Men's Path

Langston Hughes                      Salvation

Sandra Cisnero             from House on Mango Street

Amy Tan                                  from The Joy Luck Club

Sandra Cisnero             from House on Mango Street

Bich Minh Nguyen                    from Stealing Buddha's Dinner                                               

Gwendolyn Brooks                   The Preacher:  ruminates behind the sermon

Richard Eberhart                      The Fury of Aerial Bombardment

Li Young Lee                           The Gift

Hudson and Welland                Chariots of Fire

 

 

Spirituality in Non-Western and/or Non-Judeo-Christian Contexts

 

Bhagavah Gita                          Krishna meets with Arjuna

Koran                                      The Story of Joseph

Mahadeviyakka                        Husband Inside

Mirabai                                    Let Us go to a Realm Beyond Going

Hermann Hesse                        from Siddhartha

Navajo Chant                           Healing Prayer

Ralph Waldo Emerson  Uriel

                                                Each and All

William Cullen Bryant   Thanatopsis

Chinua Achebe             Dead Men's Path

Naguib Mahfouz                       Zaabalawi

Sandra Cisnero             from House on Mango Street

Amy Tan                                  from The Joy Luck Club

Bich Minh Nguyen                    from Stealing Buddha's Dinner

Li Young Lee                           The Gift

Leslie Marmon Silko                 Where Mountain Lion Lay Down with Deer

N. Scott Momaday                   The Bear