English literature is filled with references, allusions, and the obvious symbolism of the Bible and Christian tradition; yet today, scholars, never mind students, rarely learn the rich source of these analogies and references. Written by a series of experts in both literature and Christianity, Christian Tradition in English Literature features a wide range of essays, articles, glossaries and class questions on the authors and religious issues that have occurred from the Medieval Times until today. Focusing on a particular author, work, or background issue, each chapter illuminates another portion of the Biblically-inspired literature of England in easily accessible, yet scholary, approach. The last portion of the book also includes chapters on the Christian tradition itself, including theology, history, hymnology and various other aspects of Western Christianity. 512 pages, softcover.
Features: Wide chronological coverage of English literature, especially texts found in the Norton, Oxford, Blackwell and other standard anthologies Short, punchy essays that engage with the texts, the critics, and literary and social issues Background and survey articles Glossaries of Bible themes, images and narratives Annotated bibliography and questions for class discussion or personal reflection Scholarly yet accessible, jargon-free approach ideal for school and university students, book groups and general readers Created for readers who may be unfamiliar with the Bible, church history or theological development, it offers an understanding of Christianitys key concepts, themes, images and characters as they relate to English literature up to the present day.
Paul Cavill is a lecturer in English and research fellow for the English Place-Name Society for School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is also the author of Anglo-Saxon Christianity and Vikings. He resides in Leicester, England, with his wife and their two children.
Heather Ward (PhD, University of Nottingham) is author of Giving Yourself Away (Grove Publications, 1988), The Gift of Self (Darton, Longman & Todd, 1990), and Streams in Dry Land (Eagle, 1993). She has taught English at the University of Nottingham, and Ockbrook and Rodney Schools. She lives in Nottingham, England.
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