Christianity and Literature

Scholarly journal covering Christianity and literature.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 3, Spring

Anglicanism and the Poetry of John Betjeman
The critical fate of John Betjeman is a sharply divided one. His work endures the dubious distinction of being enjoyed by millions of readers, many of whom would never read poetry. In spite of his popularity, which earned him the laureateship in 1972,...
Joyce among the Brothers
Noting James Joyce's famous remark that "You allude to me as a Catholic; you ought to allude to me as a Jesuit" (2), Kevin Sullivan writes in Joyce Among the Jesuits that Joyce "received the whole of his formal education from the Jesuits. Only once...
Mark Twain's American Adam: Humor as Hope and Apocalypse
In the fall of 1879, Mark Twain enlisted many of the most prominent members of Elmira society into his rather preposterous scheme to erect a memorial to Adam as "the Father of the Human Race." A committee, called the "Adam Monument Association of Elmira,"...
Redemption as Language in Cormac McCarthy's Suttree
While all of Cormac McCarthy's fiction is recondite, most of his characters are primitives who, in high contrast to their maker, have only a rudimentary facility with language. Their ponderous and slack attention, located somewhere between animal sentience...
"Some-Are like My Own-": Emily Dickinson's Christology of Embodiment
When Jesus tells us about his Father, we distrust him. When he shows us his Home, we turn away, but when he confides to us that he is "acquainted with Grief," we listen, for that also is an Acquaintance of our own. --Emily Dickinson, L932 Circa...
The Stain on the Mirror: Pauline Reflections in the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
[H]e saw Paul coming, a man small in size, bald-headed, bandy-legged, well-built, with eyebrows meeting, rather long-nosed, full of grace. For sometimes he looked like a man, and sometimes he had the countenance of an angel.--The Acts of Paul and Thecla...
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