Modernist Women Writers and Spirituality

A Piercing Darkness

Editors: Anderson, Elizabeth, Radford, Andrew, Walton, Heather (Eds.)

  • Brings to light several modernist women writers including Rose Macaulay, Evelyn Underhill, Christopher St. John and Dion Fortune
  • Offers a diverse range of topics and approaches to spirituality such as Hellenistic fiction, ritual scholarship, antiquarianism and spectral poetics
  • Highlights the important role of religion and spirituality during the modernist period, a topic that has been brushed over.
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About this book

Concentrating on female modernists specifically, this volume examines spiritual issues and their connections to gender during the modernist period. Scholarly inquiry surrounding women writers and their relation to what Wassily Kandinsky famously hoped would be an ‘Epoch of the Great Spiritual’ has generated myriad contexts for closer analysis including: feminist theology, literary and religious history, psychoanalysis, queer and trauma theory. This book considers canonical authors such as Virginia Woolf while also attending to critically overlooked or poorly understood figures such as H.D., Mary Butts, Rose Macaulay, Evelyn Underhill, Christopher St. John and Dion Fortune. With wide-ranging topics such as the formally innovative poetry of Stevie Smith and Hope Mirrlees to Evelyn Underhill’s mystical treatises and correspondence, this collection of essays aims to grant voices to the mostly forgotten female voices of the modernist period, showing how spirituality played a vital role in their lives and writing.

 

About the authors

Elizabeth Anderson is Impact Research Fellow at the University of Stirling. She is the author of H.D. and Modernist Religious Imagination and has published in Literature and Theology, Women: A Cultural Review and Christianity and Literature.

 

Andrew Radford is a Lecturer in Anglo-American Literature in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has published extensively on modernist fiction and is the co-editor of Franco-British Cultural Exchanges: Channel Packets.

 

Heather Walton is Professor of Theology and Creative Practice and Co-Director of the Centre for Literature, Theology and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, UK. Her books include: Literature, Theology and Feminism, Imagining Theology: Women Writing and God and Not Eden: Spiritual Life Writing for this World. She is Executive Editor of the journal Literature and Theology. 

Reviews

“A collection of breathtaking range and variety, this book includes provocative new readings among its original chapters which pore over, interrogate, and establish the fact that modernist women writers were genuinely invested in spiritual quests. Founded on an emerging, impressive body of new research (often archival), this book makes a fresh, original, and substantial contribution to the study of the topos of spirituality as understood and practiced by modernist women writers. I strongly recommend it.” (Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos, Professor of English, University of New Brunswick, Canada)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Intricate Persistence of Strange Gods

    Anderson, Elizabeth (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

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  • Radical Unorthodoxy: Religious and Literary Modernisms in H.D. and Mary Butts

    Hobson, Suzanne

    Pages 21-37

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  • Directing Modernist Spirituality: Evelyn Underhill, the Subliminal Consciousness and Spiritual Direction

    Callison, Jamie

    Pages 39-54

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  • Stevie Smith’s Serious Play: A Modernist Reframing of Christian Orthodoxy

    Boughton, Gillian

    Pages 55-68

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  • Faith in Ruins: Fragments and Pattern in the Late Works of Rose Macaulay

    Walton, Heather

    Pages 69-93

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Hardcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53035-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modernist Women Writers and Spirituality
Book Subtitle
A Piercing Darkness
Editors
  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • Andrew Radford
  • Heather Walton
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53036-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53036-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53035-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 281
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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