The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature
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You'll discover that English literature is saturated with allusions and references to Scripture from The Pearl and William Langland through Milton, Shakespeare, and Donne to Methodist hymn writers, Jane Austen, and T.S. Eliot. "A true companion that succeeds at being scholarly and accessible to lovers of literature,"---Church Times (U.K.). 720 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 720
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0470674997
ISBN-13: 9780470674994
Series: Blackwell Companions to Religion

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This Companion explores the Bible's role and influence onindividual writers, whilst tracing the key developments of Biblicalthemes and literary theory through the ages.
  • An ambitious overview of the Bible's impact on Englishliterature – as arguably the most powerful work of literaturein history – from the medieval period through to thetwentieth-century
  • Includes introductory sections to each period giving backgroundinformation about the Bible as a source text in English literature,and placing writers in their historical context
  • Draws on examples from medieval, early-modern,eighteenth-century and Romantic, Victorian, and Modernistliterature
  • Includes many 'secular' or 'anti-clerical' writers alongsidetheir 'Christian' contemporaries, revealing how the Bible's textshifts and changes in the writing of each author who reads andstudies it

Author Bio

Rebecca Lemon is an associate professor of Englishliterature at the University of Southern California. She is theauthor of Treason by Words: Literature, Law, and Rebellion inShakespeare's England (2006), as well as articles on Mary Wrothand Petrarchism, Shakespeare and Agamben, and Hayward andcensorship.

Emma Mason is a senior lecturer in English at theUniversity of Warwick. She is the author of Women Poets of theNineteenth Century (2006), Nineteenth Century Religion andLiterature: An Introduction (with Mark Knight, 2006), andThe Cambridge Introduction to Wordsworth (2009), and isco-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of theBible (with Michael Lieb and Jonathan Roberts, 2010).

Jonathan Roberts is a lecturer in English at theUniversity of Liverpool. He is the author of William Blake'sPoetry (2007), The Bible for Sinners (with ChristopherRowland, 2008), Blake. Wordsworth. Religion. (2010), and isco-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of theBible (with Michael Lieb and Emma Mason, 2010).

Christopher Rowland is Dean Ireland's Professor of HolyExegesis at the University of Oxford. He is the author of a numberof books, including The Nature of New Testament Theology(2006), Revelation Through the Centuries (with JudithKovacs, 2003), and Radical Christian Writings: A Reader(with Andrew Bradstock, 2002), all published by Wiley-Blackwell. Heis Consultant Editor of The Oxford Handbook of the ReceptionHistory of the Bible (edited by Michael Lieb, Emma Mason, andJonathan Roberts, 2010), and together with John Sawyer, JudithKovacs, and David Gunn, he also edits the Blackwell BibleCommentary series.

Editorial Reviews

"This is indeed a true companion, one that succeeds in its aim of being both scholarly and accessible to all lovers of English literature. In short, all students of English literature ought to put aside a month to read and study this book before going up to university." (Church Times)

"Probably what comes across most clearly is how, and that, many of the writers chose deliberately to draw on the Bible, and for students increasingly unfamiliar with the Bible, this approach challenges as well as informs." (Reference Reviews)

"An extremely useful volume." (The Year's Work in English Studies)

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