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'Divine liquidness of diction … divine fluidity of movement': Reading Poetry after Matthew Arnold and the Higher Biblical Criticism

Williams, R. (2013) 'Divine liquidness of diction … divine fluidity of movement': Reading Poetry after Matthew Arnold and the Higher Biblical Criticism. Literature and Theology, 27 (3). pp. 313-329. ISSN 0269-1205 (doi:10.1093/litthe/frt005)

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Abstract

This essay is prompted by the turn since 2000 in literary study to ‘formalism’ (‘New Formalism’) to return to Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) and his work to realign the Bible and literature after Strauss’ mid-century higher biblical criticism. The essay interrogates the terms of Arnold’s poetic-religious formulations, and his reputation for skepticism, so as to recover an obscured energy in how the academy reads poetry in his wake. It demonstrates this through a reading of the ‘man of sorrows’ and weeping in Arnold’s ‘Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse’, seeking ways to recover the historical conditions of faith and expression.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Williams, Dr Rhian
Authors: Williams, R.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Literature and Theology
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0269-1205
ISSN (Online):1477-4623
Published Online:19 March 2013

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