The Present Word. Culture, Society and the Site of Literature: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Boyle

The Present Word. Culture, Society and the Site of Literature: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Boyle

by John Walker

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"This book addresses three key areas of intellectual enquiry: literary criticism, cultural critique, and philosophical theology. Once closely related, especially in the Catholic tradition, they often appear to be separate and unconnected domains in the modern university. The work of Nicholas Boyle is one of the most significant recent attempts to reconnect them. Responding to that initiative, The Present Word challenges this fragmentation of knowledge. Several of the essays reflect a major change of emphasis in literary studies over the last two decades: the reconnection of an idea of literary criticism closely related to the experience of reading, and the wider societal and political concerns addressed by Cultural Studies. Contributors also debate, from both perspectives, whether theological concepts can illuminate the secular culture in which literature is written and read. John Walker is Senior Lecturer in German at Birkbeck College, London, where he served as Head of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture from 2006-2009."

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ISBN-13: 9781351191975
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Notes on the Contributors x

Introduction John Walker 1

Part I Literature and Criticism

1 The Human Epiphany: Reflections on Goethe's Iphigenie auf Tauris and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale Martin Swales 10

2 Cognitive Mapping: Adam, Venus, and Faust John A. McCarthy 22

3 Goethe as Secular Icon T. J. Reed 44

4 A Poem by August Wilhelm Schlegel: 'Zueignung des Trauerspiels Romeo und Julia' Roger Paulin 52

5 Mignon and the Idea of the Secret Charlotte Lee 61

6 Goethe and Mörike: 'Urworte. Orphisch' and 'Besuch in Urach' Regina Sachers 70

7 'Short of History': Les Murray and the Communion of Saints Ian Cooper 80

8 Ways of Knowing: Blaise Pascal, Angelus Silesius and Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly 92

9 Enlightened Mythology: Thomas Mann and Myth Christoph Jamme 102

10 Goethe's Faust, Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus and the Site of Literature John Walker 109

Part II Philosophy, Theology and the University

11 Goethe and Machiavelli Ritchie Robertson 126

12 'Just one damned thing after another'? Some Reflections Philosophy of History H. B. Nisbet 138

13 Seven Types of Forgetting Paul Connerton 150

14 Seamus Heaney and Catholicism Eamon Duffy 166

15 Christian Humanism and Higher Education Mark Ogden 184

Postscript Nicholas Boyle 195

Index 202

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