Transforming Holiness: Representations of Holiness in English and American Literary Texts

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Irene Visser, Helen Wilcox
Peeters Publishers, 2006 - 217 pages
This fascinating collection of essays addresses the question of how holiness has been represented in English and American literary texts from early saints' lives to the poetry of the mid-twentieth century. The interaction of spiritual ideals with the creative and often worldly imagination is examined in the work of writers as varied as George Herbert, Harriet Beecher Stowe and D.H. Lawrence. The range of genres discussed includes not only devotional poetry and apparently secular prose fiction, but also political ballads, personal conduct books and congregational psalms and hymns. Holiness is set in relation to vital issues such as creativity, gender, Romanticism, translation and visual culture. Together the essays reveal the full meaning of the title of the collection: that holiness, a transforming force, has transformed itself radically as a concept over the centuries, and undergoes dynamic transformation through its expression in literature.
 

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Contents

Translating Holiness The Holiness of Translation
21
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36
The Failure of Holiness
41
Politics of Holiness Royalty for the Masses in The Wandring Jews
61
The Presentation of Holiness and the Concept of Christian Perfection
81
Religious Language in English and German
95
Holiness Gender and Education in Conduct
111
Of Women Slaves and Cannibals Dynamics of Holiness
127
Intimations of Bodily Holiness in Selected Poems
147
Holiness in the Modern World Durkheim Otto Bataille
161
Dismantling the Virgin Modernism and the Sacred Feminine
181
Bibliography
199
Index
213
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