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Believing in the Text

Essays from the Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology and the Arts, University of Glasgow


George Newlands

The essays in this book represent ten years of the work of the Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology and the Arts in the University of Glasgow. Seemingly diverse, they are bound together by a common belief that theology flourishes in an interdisciplinary and transcultural environment. It cannot be an abstract concern, but is rooted in political circumstances, and responds to developments in society and the arts. That is why there are essays on film and contemporary artists like Mona Hatoum, as well as more traditional studies of theology read through and in literature. The Centre has always been an international meeting place, and contributions range well beyond the Western Christian, seeking new roots for theological thinking in the arts and culture of a postmodern world.
Contents: David Jasper/George Newlands: Introduction – David Jasper: The Subject on Trial and Baudrillard’s Nightmare – S. Brent Plate: T/here: Conversing and Traversing Julia Kristeva’s Writings – J. Stephen Fountain: The Trace of the (M)other: Liminality and Maternity in Dead Man Walking – Andrew W. Hass: Seeing Through a Glass Face to Face – Elizabeth Philpot: Susanna: Indecent Attraction / Fatal Exposure – Peter Stiles: To the Threshold: Window Scenes in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth – Jeffrey F. Keuss: ‘Seeing’ Adam Bede - An Iconographic Reading – Catherine Raine: Sin and Theodicy - Victorian and Modern Style – David E. Klemm: Re-entering the Magic Theatre: The Trace of the Other in Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf – Darren J. N. Middleton: Scratching the Barthian Itch: A Theological Reading of John Updike’s Roger’s Version – George Newlands: Theology, Culture and the Arts – Christopher Burdon: Christian Worship in the Third Millenium: Homage or Celebration? – Alison Jasper: Word as Flesh: The Sign of Female Circumcision – Kiyoshi Tsuchiya: A Response to Postmodern Theology.