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.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. XII, 236 pp.
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.