Shaping Belief explores how the energy of belief came to manifest itself in nineteenth-century writing. This manifestation was evident as much in expressions of newly formed personal relations to ideas, as in the appropriation of religious discourse in writing of the period. By re-visioning the place of belief in nineteenth-century writing this collection provides important forays into current thinking, both on the position occupied by belief within nineteenth-century literary studies, and within contemporary culture itself.
Victoria Morgan and Clare Williams both teach at the University of Liverpool.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Allegiance: A Sermon - Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury Introduction: Re-visioning Belief in Nineteenth-Century Writing - Victoria Morgan and Clare Williams I. Religious Discourse: Transmission and Appropriation 1. Tell the Story: Re-imagining Victorian Conversion Narratives - Andrew Tate 2. `Recognizing Fellow-Creatures': F.D. Maurice, Octavia Hill, Josephine Butler - Hester Jones 3. `Filthy Lucre': Christianity, Commerce and the Female Bodily Economy in Seamstress Narratives of the 1840s - Ella Dzelzainis 4. Isaiah and Ezekiel - But What about Charley? An Essay on `Wanting to Believe' - Philip Davis II. Shaping Subjectivities: Belief, Aesthetics and Space 5. `Repairing Everywhere without Design'? Industry, Revery and Relation in Emily Dickenson's Bee Imagery - Victoria Morgan 6. Poetry, Poetic Perception and Emerson's Spiritual Affirmations - David M. Robinson 7. Sacrificial Exchange and the Gothic Double in Melmoth the Wanderer and The Picture of Dorian Gray - Alison Milbank 8. Church Architecture, Tractarian Poetry and the Forms of Faith - Kirstie Blair III. Mediating Culture: Inscribing Democracy, Class and Social Identity 9. Caricature and Social Change 1820-1840: The March of Intellect Revisited - Brian Maidment 10. Feeling `Ghostlike': Carlyle and his Exposure to the `Condition-of-England-Question' - Clare Williams 11. `Getting Down into the Masses': Dickens, Journalism and the Personal Mode - Juliet John 12. `Scrupulously Empty Phrases' and the Silent Work of Matthew Arnold: Belief in the Action of Writing - Kate Campbell Index