Journal Article

Literature and Theology From a North American Perspective

Eric Ziolkowski

in Literature and Theology

Volume 26, issue 3, pages 273-288
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online July 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frs029
Literature and Theology From a North American Perspective

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The ‘non-confessional’ stance of Literature and Theology, together with its embrace of ‘theology broadly understood’, has allowed the Journal to carve out a unique niche in the academic terrain of North America, for the Journal affords a forum for theologically inclined scholars to pursue the enterprise traditionally, and perhaps still most often, associated with its title, that of seeking transcendent meanings manifest or concealed within the immanence of literary texts, while also welcoming contributions that represent perspectives at odds, sometimes quite emphatically, with any traditional, strictly literalist, etymological construal of ‘theology.’ This article considers the rather precarious relationship that ‘theology’ has historically had to American culture, before concluding with some reflections on why the specific association of ‘theology’ with ‘literature’ in this Journal’s purview has proven so alluring and fertile a subject in America over the past twenty-five years, and why this same association promises to make the Journal all the more crucial a forum for critical reflection in the coming decades.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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