Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction by Mark KnightNineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction by Mark Knight

Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction

byMark Knight, Emma Mason

Hardcover | November 29, 2006

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Recent scholarship in nineteenth-century literary studies consistently recognizes the profound importance of religion, even as it marginalizes the topic. There are few, if any, challenging yet manageable introductions to religion and literature in the long-nineteenth century, a factor thatserves to fuel scholars' neglect of theological issues. This book aims to show how religion, specifically Christianity, is integral to the literature and culture of this period. It provides close readings of popular texts and integrates these with accessible explanations of complex religious ideas.Written by two scholars who have published widely on religion and literature, the book offers a detailed grounding in the main religious movements of the period 1750-1914. The dominant traditions of High Anglicanism, Tractarianism, Evangelicalism and Roman Catholicism are contextualized by precedingchapters addressing dissenting culture (primarily Presbyterianism, Methodism, Unitarianism and Quakerism), and the question of secularization is considered in the light of the diversity and capacity for renewal within the Christian faith. Throughout the book the authors untangle theological andchurch debates in a manner that highlights the privileged relationship between religion and literature in the period. The book also gives readers a language to approach and articulate their own 'religious' readings of texts, texts that are often concerned with slippery subjects such as the divine,the non-material and the nature of religious experience. Refusing to shut down religious debate by offering only narrow or fixed definitions of Christian traditions, the book also questions the demarcation of sacred material from secular, as well as connecting the vitality of religion in the periodto a broader literary culture.
Emma Mason is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the author of iWomen Poets of the Nineteenth Century/i (2005), and numerous articles on the relationship between religion and poetry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is also a coeditor of two forth...
Title:Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An IntroductionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:November 29, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199277117

ISBN - 13:9780199277117


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Dissent: Wesley to Blake2. Unitarianism: Priestley to Gaskell3. The Oxford Movement: Wordsworth to Hopkins4. Evangelicalism: Bronte to Eliot5. Secularization: Dickens to Hardy6. Catholicism and Mysticism: Husymans to Chesterton

Editorial Reviews

"This thoughtful, informative book will be especially valuable to scholars and students for whom religion is no longer a primary fact of experience."--Margaret Russett, Studies in English Literature