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A ‘Theological Cast of Mind’: Politics, Protestantism and the Poetic Imagination in the Poetry of Tom Paulin

Patricia Horton

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 3, pages 311-325
Published in print August 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online August 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/16.3.311
A ‘Theological Cast of Mind’: Politics, Protestantism and the Poetic Imagination in the Poetry of Tom Paulin

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This article argues that the concerns and conflicts in the work of Tom Paulin can only be understood through an appeal to religious identity and tradition. It considers the legacies of Paulin's Ulster Protestant upbringing and explores the ways in which this background impacts upon his artistic vision and aesthetic practices. Paulin's attraction to ideas of revolt, apocalypse and individualism, as well as his anxieties about the aesthetic and his problematic relationship to the state, are discussed within the context of Protestant theology. More broadly, the article considers Paulin's ambivalent attitude to Protestantism, his recognition that it is repressive and authoritarian as well as radical and transgressive.

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