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Introduction to Religion and Literature [Paperback]

Mark Knight
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15 Jan 2009 0826497020 978-0826497024
Religion has always been an integral part of the literary tradition: many canonical and non-canonical texts engage extensively with religious ideas, and the development of English Literature as a professional discipline began with an explicit consideration of the relationship between religion and literature. Literature also plays an important role in religious writing, as twentieth-century work on narrative theology has acknowledged. Both the recent theological turn of literary theory and the renewed political significance of religious debate in contemporary western culture have generated further interest in this interdisciplinary area. An Introduction to Religion and Literature offers a lucid, accessible and thoughtful introduction to the study of religion and literature. While the focus is on Christian theology and post-1800 British literature, substantial reference is made to earlier writers, texts from North America and mainland Europe, and other faith positions. Each chapter takes up a major theological idea and explores it through close readings of well-known and influential literary texts.

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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (15 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826497020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826497024
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'In this interesting and readable introductory study Mark Knight explores the possibilities of using religion as a lens through which to read and engage with literary texts... This is a perfect text for an undergraduate or general reader seeking to begin to understand the methodology and possibilities of religious readings of literature.' --Literature and History, May 2011

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Mark Knight is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Roehampton University, UK. His books include Chesterton and Evil (Fordham University Press), Biblical Religion and the Novel, 1700-2000 (co-edited with Thomas Woodman, Ashgate), and Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction (co-written with Emma Mason, Oxford University Press).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet spot 13 May 2009
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Again Knight hits the sweet spot of religion and literature. Not since the awe inspiring battle of Sauron and Gandalf have two mighty literary subjects been included in the same novel. It is not every day one reads a book that not only changes the way one thinks but also the way one can prop up the bedside cabinet!

Narcolepsy no more - Rock on Knight!!
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