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Spiritual Identities

Carruthers, Jo / Tate, Andrew (eds)

Spiritual Identities

Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination

Series: Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts - Volume 17

Year of Publication: 2010

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. XII, 236 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-925-7 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.360 kg, 0.794 lbs

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Book synopsis

This collection of essays considers the return of the religious in contemporary literary studies. In the twenty-first century it is now possible to detect a new sacred ‘turn’ in thought and writing. For some writers, this post-secular identity plays itself out in both a recuperation of religious traditions (Catholicism, Puritanism, Judaism) and a re-invention of the religious imaginary (apophaticism, messianism, apocalypticism, fundamentalism). In literary studies, the implications of the post-secular are revitalizing critical engagement with canonical works and fuelling the reclaiming of neglected writings as questions of the construction of spiritual identities come once again to the fore.


Contents: Gavin D’Costa: Preface – Arthur Bradley/Jo Carruthers/Andrew Tate: Introduction: Writing Post-Secularity – Sara Maitland: ‘Never Enough Silence’: Conflicts Between Spiritual and Literary Creativity – Nancy Jiwon Cho: The Liminal Spiritual Identity of Susanna Harrison (1752-1784) – Brian Ingram: Evangelicalism and Religious Crisis: The Experience of George Eliot – Simon Marsden: A Spiritual Geography of Wuthering Heights – Emma Mason: Sensibility into Sense: Barbauld, Hemans and Religious Commitment – Andy Mousley: Spiritual Humanisms – David M. Buyze: Identity, Interiority and Snow – Mary McCampbell: Consumer in a Coma: Douglas Coupland’s Rewriting of the Contemporary Apocalypse – Nicole M. Gyulay: ‘Multiplicity Destroyed by Singularity’: Salman Rushdie and Religious Hybridity – Sarah Wood: Controlling the Word: Authority and Exegesis in Octavia Butler’s Parables – Anna Hartnell: Israel under the Shadow of the Holocaust in David Grossman’s See Under: Love: A Post-Religious National Entity? – William Kupersmith/Jan S. Waples: Sex and Satanism in Susan Howatch’s The High Flyer and The Heartbreaker – John Russell: ‘Call God Jouissance’: Sara Maitland and the Moral Psychotic.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Jo Carruthers is RCUK Academic Fellow in Place and Space at the University of Bristol and works across the disciplines of literary and religious studies. She has published on the Book of Esther as well as the reception of the Bible in literary and nationalist contexts and is the author of Esther through the Centuries (2008).
Andrew Tate is Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University. His two books, Douglas Coupland (2007) and Contemporary Fiction and Christianity (2008), reflect his interest in postmodern fiction, theory and spirituality.


Cultural Interactions. Studies in the Relationship between the Arts. Vol. 17
Edited by J.B. Bullen