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The Literary Avatars of Christian Sacramentality, Theology and Practical Life in Recent Modernity


Edited By Ioana Zirra and Madeleine Potter

Twelve Anglicists (from France, America, Poland, and Romania) who met in Bucharest to debate Religion and Spirituality in Literature and the Arts at the ACED Conference in June 2015 join their voices in demonstrating the vitally spiritual power of Christianity in the recently modern world (in twentieth and twenty-first century literature and society). Poetry (by Eliot, Yeats, Heaney, David Jones, Hill, G.M. Brown) and fiction (Henry James, Lodge, Evelyn Waugh, Flannery O’Connor, Rose Macaulay and Ron Hansen), interpreted with (Thomist and more recent) theology (J.H. Newman’s, Paul Tillich’s, Hans Urs von Balthasar’s, De Certeau’s) and philosophy (from Plato to Gadamer) in mind, give heartening suggestions for transcending, along Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox lines, the modern secular ethos.
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James Christian Brown is a graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh (MA) and Bucharest (PhD), and is currently a lecturer in the English Department of the University of Bucharest. His teaching and research interests include oral literature and folklore and British literature of the First World War.

Maria Fengler is a lecturer in the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Gdańsk, Poland. Her study of the poetry of Michael Longley Między Itaką a Belfastem [Between Ithaca and Belfast] (2010) was awarded a prize by Literatura na Świecie [World literature], a leading Polish literary magazine. She has published articles on modern Irish poetry and fiction, and co-edited, with Jean Ward, Między słowem i rzeczywistością [Between Word and World], a book of essays about attitudes to the Incarnation and the body in the poetry of T. S. Eliot (2015).

Ioana-Ruxandra Fruntelată has a BA in Romanian and English Language and Literature and another in Classical Philology, both from the University of Bucharest. She also has an MA in Contemporary and Modern Romanian Literature and a Ph.D. Degree in Philology. She teaches Ethnology and Folklore at the Faculty of Letters, the University of Bucharest. Her researches focus on topics like Mythology, Anthropology of Religions, Intercultural Communication, Ethnology of War.

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