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Spiritual Lives

Christina Rossetti

Poetry, Ecology, Faith

Emma Mason

Christina Rossetti

Spiritual Lives

Christina Rossetti

Poetry, Ecology, Faith

Spiritual Lives: Christina Rossetti

 

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) is regarded as one of the greatest Christian poets to write in English. This compelling and authoritative biography shows that Christina Rossetti's poetry, diaries, letters, and devotional commentaries, are engaged with contemporary theological debate.


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Beschrijving Spiritual Lives: Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti (1830-94) is regarded as one of the greatest Christian poets to write in English. While Rossetti has firmly secured her place in the canon, her religious poetry was for a long time either overlooked or considered evidence of a melancholic disposition burdened by faith. Recent scholarship has redressed reductive readings of Christian theology as repressive by rethinking it as a form of compassionate politics. This shift has enabled new readings of
Rossetti's work, not simply as a body of significant nineteenth-century devotional literature, but also as a marker of religion's relevance to modern concerns through its reflections on science and materialism, as well as spirituality and mysticism.

Emma Mason offers a compelling study of Christina Rossetti, arguing that her poetry, diaries, letters, and devotional commentaries are engaged with both contemporary theological debate and an emergent ecological agenda. In chapters on the Catholic Revival, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, contemporary debates on plant and animal being, and the relationship between grace and apocalypse, Mason reads Rossetti's theology as an argument for spiritual materialism and ecological transformation. She
ultimately suggests that Rossetti's life and work captures the experience of faith as one of loving intimacy with the minutiae of creation, a divine body in which all things, material and immaterial, human and nonhuman, divine and embodied, are interconnected.


ISBN
9780198723691
Pagina's
240
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Serie
Spiritual Lives
NUR
321
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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