The Poets' Jesus: Representations at the End of a Millennium by Peggy RosenthalThe Poets' Jesus: Representations at the End of a Millennium by Peggy Rosenthal

The Poets' Jesus: Representations at the End of a Millennium

byPeggy Rosenthal

Paperback | January 15, 2002

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Poets have always been the medium through which a culture talks of, and to, its gods. Now, in this learned but lively commentary, Peggy Rosenthal shows us the astonishing range of poetic encounters with Jesus. With a special emphasis on twentieth-century poetry, Rosenthal draws from anunprecedented range of world poetry--from Africa, the Arab world, and the Far East to Latin America and the West--to give readers an understanding of how different times and different cultures have affected the way poets refigure Jesus and of how poets' fascination with the man from Nazarethtranscends all barriers. She also demonstrates that, despite the twentieth century's self-definition as a secular and post-Christian epoch, it has produced poetry about Jesus of truly surprising quality and variety. Impeccably researched and extremely accessible, The Poets Jesus will strongly appealto scholars of poetry and religion as well as for all general readers of poetry.
Peggy Rosenthal has taught courses on poetry and spirituality at St. Bernards Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology and at Wheaton College. Her previous books include Words and Values and Divine Inspiration.
Title:The Poets' Jesus: Representations at the End of a MillenniumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:January 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Jesus as Christ and More: The First Eighteen Centuries2. Jesus as Romantic Hero3. Sliding into Modernism: Jesus Pale and Shrunken4. Crisis of the Secularized West: Postmodernism's Jesus as Anti-Hero5. Crucified Africa: The Politicized Jesus of Africa and Beyond6. Archetypal Christ: Arabic Poetry and other Wastelands7. Jesus Absent8. Between Absence and Presence: Playing Around with Jesus9. Jesus Present

Editorial Reviews

"[The Poets' Jesus] engagingly proceeds more like a Cook's tour than an academic inquiry. Rosenthal has many of the qualities that one wants in a tour guide: she is... well informed...; she is articulate; and she loves her subject.... [In] the figure of Jesus in mid and late twentieth-centuryworld poetry...especially, she is an engaging, stimulating guide."--Christianity and Literature