Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 18 mm
"Taking its cue from Valentine Cunningham's excellent introductory essay on the necessity of heresy, this volume is far more than simply a collection of essays around a common theme. Rather it is a series of interrelated exercises in the study of literature and theology, recognizing the underlying hermeneutical issue and problem - that as all reading involves making choices, therefore all reading is, in a true sense, heretical. Furthermore, in the wide range of texts addressed - from Joseph Smith's Book of Mormon, to the novels of Thomas Hardy, R. L. Stevenson, John Steinbeck and Jim Crace, the poetry of T. S. Eliot and the lyrics of Bob Dylan, and more - and in the crossing of boundaries between the Christian and the Jewish, these essays explore the issues of openness and closure, of movements from heresy to orthodoxy, and the way in which the forms of literature can both replicate and disturb the forms of theological doctrine. It is to be highly recommended as a serious and innovative contribution to contemporary debates about theology and literature." --David Jasper, Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Glasgow
"A spirited and variegated set of essays, ranging from Mormon founder John Smith to convert Bob Dylan, showing convincingly how close heresy and orthodoxy may be in radical thinkers, as well as how intricately and passionately the literary imagination tries to reclaim from dogmatic religion what it considers to be its own domain." --Geoffrey Hartman, Sterling Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University
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