The Present Word
Culture, Society and the Site of Literature
Essays in Honour of Nicholas Boyle

Edited by John Walker

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

25 September 2013  •  212pp

ISBN: 978-1-907975-61-5 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

GermanTheologyPhilosophyCriticism


This book addresses three key areas of intellectual enquiry: literary criticism, cultural critique, and philosophical theology. Once closely related, especially in the Catholic tradition, they often appear to be separate and unconnected domains in the modern university. The work of Nicholas Boyle is one of the most significant recent attempts to reconnect them. Responding to that initiative, The Present Word challenges this fragmentation of knowledge.

Several of the essays reflect a major change of emphasis in literary studies over the last two decades: the reconnection of an idea of literary criticism closely related to the experience of reading, and the wider societal and political concerns addressed by Cultural Studies. Contributors also debate, from both perspectives, whether theological concepts can illuminate the secular culture in which literature is written and read.

John Walker is Senior Lecturer in German at Birkbeck College, London, where he served as Head of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture from 2006-2009.

Contents:

1-9
Introduction
John Walker
Cite
10-21
The Human Epiphany: Reflections on Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris and Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale
Martin Swales
Cite
22-43
Cognitive Mapping: Adam, Venus, and Faust
John McCarthy
Cite
44-51
Goethe as Secular Icon
T. J. Reed
Cite
52-60
A Poem by August Wilhelm Schlegel: ‘Zueignung des Trauerspiels Romeo und Julia’
Roger Paulin
Cite
61-69
Mignon and the Idea of the Secret
Charlotte Lee
Cite
70-79
Goethe and Mörike: ‘Urworte. Orphisch’ and ‘Besuch in Urach’
Regina Sachers
Cite
80-91
‘Short of History’: Les Murray and the Communion of Saints
Ian Cooper
Cite
92-101
Ways of Knowing: Blaise Pascal, Angelus Silesius and Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg
Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
Cite
102-108
Enlightened Mythology: Thomas Mann and Myth
Christoph Jamme
Cite
109-124
Goethe’s Faust, Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus and the Site of Literature
John Walker
Cite
126-137
Goethe and Machiavelli
Ritchie Robertson
Cite
138-149
‘Just one damned thing after another’? Some Reflections on the Philosophy of History
Barry Nisbet
Cite
150-159
Seven Types of Forgetting
Paul Connerton
Cite
160-183
Seamus Heaney and Catholicism
Eamon Duffy
Cite
184-194
Christian Humanism and Higher Education
Mark Ogden
Cite
195-201
Postscript
Nicholas Boyle
Cite

Bibliography entry:

Walker, John (ed.), The Present Word: Culture, Society and the Site of Literature (Cambridge: Legenda, 2013)

First footnote reference: 35 The Present Word: Culture, Society and the Site of Literature, ed. by John Walker (Cambridge: Legenda, 2013), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Walker, p. 47.

(To see how these citations were worked out, follow this link.)

Bibliography entry:

Walker, John (ed.). 2013. The Present Word: Culture, Society and the Site of Literature (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Walker 2013: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Walker 2013: 21.

(To see how these citations were worked out, follow this link.)


This Legenda title was first published by Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Publishing but rights to it are now held by Modern Humanities Research Association and Routledge.

Routledge distributes this title on behalf on Legenda. You can search for it at their site by following this link.


Permanent link to this title: