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This book explores the prophetic characteristics of literature, particularly poetry, that seek to reimagine the world in which it is written. Using theological and philosophical insights it charts the relentless impulse of literature to propose alternative visions, practicable or utopian, and point toward possibilities of renewal and change. Drawing from each of the three main Abrahamic religions, as well as Greek and Latin classics, an international group of scholars utilise a diverse range of analytical and interpretive methods to draw out the prophetic voice in poetry. Looking at the writings of figures like T. S. Elliot, Blake, Wittgenstein and Isaiah, the theme of the prophetic is shown to be of timely importance given the current state of geo-political challenges and uncertainties and offers a much-needed critical discussion of these broad cultural questions. This collection of essays offers readers an insight into the constructive power of literature. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars working in Religion and the Arts, Religious Studies, Theology and Aesthetics.
|Publication date:||29th September 2020|
|Author:||Mark S. Burrows|
|Publisher:||Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd|
|Categories:||Religion: general, Poetry, Literary studies: general, Christianity, Philosophy: aesthetics, Religion: general,|
Mark S. Burrows is Professor of Religion and Literature at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany, as well as a poet and translator of German literature. His academic work explores the horizon of Christian spirituality, with a research focus on the intersection of mysticism and poetics. His new translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Book of Hours, Part I, appeared in 2016 (Prayers of a Young Poet), and in 2014 he published a collection by the Iranian-German poet SAID (99 psalms). The Chance of Home, a collection of his poems, appeared in 2018, and together with Jon M. Sweeney he has published two ...More About Mark S. Burrows