The Future of English Literature and Theology

Andrew Hass

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Future of English Literature and Theology

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This article hopes to offer more general observations about where one might see literature and theology, as a defined field, heading in the near future. It lays out four such general features: post-secularity, globalization, culturality, and interdisciplinarity. Collectively, they all become determinate of the space that literature and theology, either as separate enterprises or as a joint entity, seem already to be filling. The discussion describes the way literature and theology has emerged as a joint field of study within the Humanities. To this end, these categories are taken as markers of a wider state that literature and religion, from Milton to Blake to Joyce, have always heralded, if not embodied: those moments of paradigmatic shift when humans rethink the relationship to the divine.

Keywords: post-secularity; globalization; culturality; interdisciplinarity; theology; Humanities

Article.  8611 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Interfaith Relations

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