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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.
|Glasgow Author(s):||Williams, Dr Rhian|
|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|