Wordsworth and Coleridge

Simon Bainbridge

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Wordsworth and Coleridge

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In the last few years, the historicizing approach to the religious dimensions of William Wordsworth's and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's writing has begun to be challenged by work that draws on the so-called ‘theological turn’ in Continental philosophy, signalling a revitalized and often highly theorized interest in issues which many of the poets' early readers had responded to, such as the nature of God and the idea of transcendence. As these developments suggest, the issue of the relationship between literature and religion is regaining a central place in the study of the writing and culture of the Romantic period, and the ongoing debate about how best to read Coleridge and Wordsworth theologically is a crucial part of this process.

Keywords: William Wordsworth; Samuel Coleridge; Catholicism; Continental philosophy; transcendence; Romantic period

Article.  9266 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion

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