Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, Summer

"Growth the Only Evidence of Life": Development of Doctrine and the Idea of a University
"The rubric 'development of doctrine' has been in use since John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine," observes George A. Lindbeck (13n). Fellow theologian Jaroslov Pelikan observes that Newman's essay is "the almost inevitable...
John Henry Newman and the Anxiety of Influence
There is much to suggest that Charles Kingsley's climactic controversy with Newman in 1864 resulted from the enduring threat Newman's conversion posed to Kingsley's latitudinarian theology. Many of Kingsley's contemporaries had a difficult time "managing"...
John Henry Newman: The Rhetoric of the Real
"Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off." This text from Isaiah (chapter thirty-three, verse seventeen) opens one of John Henry Newman's Advent sermons, "Unreal words," from the Parochial and Plain...
Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua: Gender, Self, and Conscience
The historical Newman has proven an elusive figure. Reviewer Richard Shannon celebrates Ian Ker's recent biography of John Henry Newman as "high achievement" for its critical exposition of Newman's prose (especially Newman's skillful employment of...
New Perspectives on Newman and the Oxford Movement
John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement continue to generate critical interest, which to some must seem remarkable, for Newman was not the kind of man whose life makes compelling biography nor the Oxford Movement an event likely to prompt compelling...
"Steadily Contemplating the Object of Faith": Newman, the Apologia, and Romantic Aesthetics
Critics who have observed Newman's indebtedness and, in some cases, aversion to Romantic thought have pointed either to his few remarks on the Romantics in the Apologia Pro Vita Sua or to his implied preference for the imagination and the subjection...
The Idea and Modern Ideas: Newman and Higher Education in the 1990s
Perhaps the real genesis of this essay was a conversation I was having one warm August afternoon four or five years ago. Part of my duties as Dean of Humanities at my home institution was to explain to incoming transfer students how the courses taken...

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