Special Issue "English Poetry and Christianity"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2016)
The topic of “English poetry and Christianity” has frequently been discussed, and often simply so, in terms of “devotional poetry” and mostly with respect to settled Christian doctrines or canonical figures within the faith. However, the English language, as it is not only used within Britain, but also within North America, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries, has generated a wide range of poetry that resonates with Christianity in a variety of ways. Not all of it fits at all neatly into a category such as “religious verse.” Sometimes there are hidden Christian motifs that inform a poem, which need to be isolated and examined; sometimes there is poetry that is critical of Christian institutions, beliefs, or practices; sometimes there is poetry that is syncretist in one or more ways; and sometimes a body of poetry stretches Christian motifs and practices so that they can be perceived anew and are of fresh theological interest. This Special Issue of Religions seeks essays that explore, in any manner, the conjunction of poetry written in English and Christianity, understood broadly. Some contributors may wish to re-read and re-direct familiar impulses in the field, such as Rahner’s speculations on poetry and the Christian, von Balthasar’s project of examining “lay styles” in theology, or Tillich’s investigations into theology of culture. Others may wish to initiate new impulses. Particular interest should be given to unfamiliar choices of poets or poems (lyrical, narrative, dramatic, etc.), although it needs to be kept in mind that some canonical poets and poems by them are unfamiliar in terms of “religion and literature.” Contributors are free to approach the field of “religion and literature” in any way they wish: for example, involving to a greater or lesser extent the perspectives of theological aesthetics, phenomenology of Christianity, political theology, feminist theology, theory of spiritual exercises, theology of prayer, and liturgical theology. Contributors should not feel limited by this range of examples. However, all essays must attend to at least one poem in some detail. It is hoped that the Special Issue of Religions will extend critical discussion of “religion and literature” in the field of poetry written in English and under the purview of Christianity.
Prof. Dr. Kevin Hart
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- Christian theology
- poetry written in English
- theological aesthetics
- political theology
- spiritual exercises
- narrative poetry
- lyric poetry
- dramatic poetry