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Augustine and Literature - Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation (Hardback)
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Augustine and Literature - Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation (Hardback)

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Hardback 420 Pages / Published: 22/12/2005
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The influence of Christianity on literature has been great throughout history, as has been the influence of the great Christian Augustine. Augustine and Literature explores Augustine's influence on literature from the Middle Ages to the present day and discusses the implications of expressing Augustine's religious themes both in literature and in more directly theological works.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739109137
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 235 x 164 x 37 mm


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Augustine famously criticized the seductive charms of fiction, yet demonstrated his own mastery of story telling in the service of truth. In Augustine and Literature, some of our most nimble scholarly minds take up this paradox in a collection of essays which traces Augustinian themes in familiar places-the works of Dante, the Metaphysical Poets, Milton, and Flannery O'Connor-as well as among authors as diverse and unexpected as Shakespeare, Goethe, Faulkner, Rimbaud, and Ellison. Some essays explore direct Augustinian influences; others expose Augustinian affinities which cast these literary works in a sharper, provocative relief. Thoughtful and often surprising, the volume is rich with literary and theological insights which force us to think about the fundamental elements of the human condition as they bring Augustine into conversation with a host of sympathetic and contrary minds. Together the essays also initiate a broader conversation which goes beyond Augustine's thought and legacy to explore the place of literature in the intellectual life and the life well lived. Students of philosophy and theology, literature, and of the world of the imagination more generally will want to immerse themselves in this volume, and then return, refreshed and -- Todd Breyfogle, University of Denver
A wide-ranging collection of provocative and sometimes arresting essays, exploring Augustine's influence on Western poetry and fiction. The originality and range of this collection makes it indispensable for contemporary Augustinian studies. -- John Peter Kenney, Saint Michael's College, Vermont
Augustine and Literature is a collection that restores the centrality of theology-and philosophic ideas generally-to the study of literary influence. It may be said of this whole, important collection and all the literary relationships it traces, what John Savoie, in it, shrewdly observes of Augustine and Milton: they "so knowingly engaged the issues and their opponents that they managed to transcend them as well." Savoie and others move us beyond the authority of Augustine to the heady interchanges best called dialogues," accepting much but challenging as well, testing and refining toward a clearer truth. -- Leslie Brisman, Yale University
Augustine famously criticized the seductive charms of fiction, yet demonstrated his own mastery of story telling in the service of truth. In Augustine and Literature, some of our most nimble scholarly minds take up this paradox in a collection of essays which traces Augustinian themes in familiar places-the works of Dante, the Metaphysical Poets, Milton, and Flannery O'Connor-as well as among authors as diverse and unexpected as Shakespeare, Goethe, Faulkner, Rimbaud, and Ellison. Some essays explore direct Augustinian influences; others expose Augustinian affinities which cast these literary works in a sharper, provocative relief. Thoughtful and often surprising, the volume is rich with literary and theological insights which force us to think about the fundamental elements of the human condition as they bring Augustine into conversation with a host of sympathetic and contrary minds. Together the essays also initiate a broader conversation which goes beyond Augustine's thought and legacy to explore the place of literature in the intellectual life and the life well lived. Students of philosophy and theology, literature, and of the world of the imagination more generally will want to immerse themselves in this volume, and then return, refreshed and enlightened to Augustine and the other authors discussed. -- Todd Breyfogle, University of Denver

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