The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology is a defining volume of essays in which leading international scholars apply an interdisciplinary approach to the long and evolving relationship between English Literature and Theology. The volume first offers a chronological account of key moments in the formation of the tradition; goes on to demonstrate literary ways of reading the Bible, theological ways of reading literature, and literary conceptions of theological texts; and finally explores the great themes that have preoccupied the Jewish and Christian traditions. Framing editorial essays describe the history, the cultural implications, and the methodological issues of this now popular interdisciplinary study, before speculating as to its possible futures in a postmodern, multicultural world.
Andrew Hass is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Stirling. David Jasper is Professor of Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow. Elisabeth Jay is Professor of English at Oxford Brookes University.
INTRODUCTORY ESSAYS ; 1. 'Now and in England' ; 2. The Study of Literature and Theology ; General Reading List ; THE FORMATION OF THE TRADITION ; 3. Origins in the English Tradition ; 4. Vernacular Bibles and Prayer Books and English Literature ; 5. The Protestant and Catholic Reformations ; 6. The Enlightenment ; 7. Romanticism ; 8. The Influence of German Criticism on English Literature ; 9. The Victorians ; 10. Modernism in Literature and Theology ; 11. Postmodernism ; LITERARY WAYS OF READING THE BIBLE ; 12. The Bible as Literature and Sacred Text ; 13. The Pentateuch ; 14. Judges ; 15. Literary Approaches to the Psalms ; 16. Song of Songs ; 17. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job in Literature ; 18. Prophetic Literature ; 19. Literary Ways of Reading the Synoptic Gospels ; 20. The Gospel of John ; 21. Apocalyptic Literature ; THEOLOGICAL WAYS OF READING LITERATURE ; 22. William Langland and Geoffrey Chaucer ; 23. Shakespeare and Marlow ; 24. Herbert and Donne ; 25. John Milton ; 26. The Eighteenth-Century Novel ; 27. William Blake ; 28. Wordsworth and Coleridge ; 29. George Eliot and Thomas Hardy ; 30. James Joyce ; 31. T. S. Eliot, David Jones and W. H. Auden ; 32. The Feminist Literary Revisioning of Sacred Traditions ; THEOLOGY AS LITERATURE ; 33. Thomas Cranmer and the Collects ; 34. John Bunyan - Thinker and Tinker ; 35. Bishop Butler ; 36. John Keble and 'The Christian Year' ; 37. John Henry Newman ; 38. Matthew Arnold ; 39. The Theology of C. S. Lewis ; 40. Liturgy as Literature ; THE GREAT THEMES ; 41. Evil and the God of Love ; 42. Death and the Afterlife ; 43. The Pastoral Tradition in English Religious Poetry ; 44. The Passion Story in Literature ; 45. Possibilities of Redemption within Secular Texts ; 46. Body and Word ; 47. Visions of Heaven and Hell ; 48. Feminism and Patriarchy ; 49. Salvation - Personal and Political ; AFTERWORD ; 50. The Future of English Literature and Theology