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Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory
Edited by Cassandra Falke
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
27 Oct 2010
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This collection brings together a diversity of scholars working at the historical and thematic intersections of Christianity and critical theory. In spite of the long historical interrelationship of biblical hermeneutics and literary criticism, much 20th century critical theory has underestimated the potential contributions of theology to theory. In the past two decades, however, several scholars have demonstrated that critical theory and Christianity can relate productively to one another. This collection builds on the argument that these two fields can relate to one another and highlights the innovative perspectives that emerge when they do relate. Drawing from recent discourses in theology as well as diverse hermeneutic and critical traditions, the scholars writing here examine major themes in contemporary critical theory such as: critical ethics, the end of materialism, women and the body, the construction of the self and queer theory. Approachable enough for upper-level and graduate students, inventive enough for scholars.


Description

This collection brings together a diversity of scholars working at the historical and thematic intersections of Christianity and critical theory. In spite of the long historical interrelationship of biblical hermeneutics and literary criticism, much 20th century critical theory has underestimated the potential contributions of theology to theory. In the past two decades, however, several scholars have demonstrated that critical theory and Christianity can relate productively to one another. This collection builds on the argument that these two fields can relate to one another and highlights the innovative perspectives that emerge when they do relate. Drawing from recent discourses in theology as well as diverse hermeneutic and critical traditions, the scholars writing here examine major themes in contemporary critical theory such as: critical ethics, the end of materialism, women and the body, the construction of the self and queer theory. Approachable enough for upper-level and graduate students, inventive enough for scholars.


Reviews


'This book is a timely and much-needed intervention in the study of Christian theology and critical theory. It represents the best of Christian reflection on contemporary movements in critical theory, as well as on the roots of the discipline itself in theological tradition. The contributors analyse ethical criticism, animal rights discourse, queer theory, postfeminism, and the 'return to religion' of Badiou and Žižek, among others, in the light of Christian theology, and suggest new ways of reading literary and cultural texts on the basis of these exchanges. Essential reading for scholars of contemporary culture, theory and religion.'
- Luke Ferretter, Assistant Professor of English, Baylor University, USA


Contents

Introduction; C.Falke
PART I
Reading Theologically: Reduction and Reductio; K.Hart
After Theory, After Modernity; J.Hooten
An Ache in the Missing Limb: Biblical Origins of English Literary Criticism; S.Prickett
Good Reading: The Ethics of Christian Literary Theory; C.Falke
Sites of Resistance: Christ and Materiality after the New Historicism; M.M.Harris
Post-Secular Queer: Christianity, Queer Theory and the Unsolvable Mysteries of Sexual Desire; N.Jones
Part II
Dil Ulenspiegel: The Inverted Gospel and an Early Modern Clown; T.Lederer
Take and Eat: Eve, Mary, and Feminist Christianity; M.Diede
Humans, Animals and Others; P.Sampson
Theologizing Horror: Spirituality and the Gothic; A.Ng
The Secular Dream of a Christian Utopia: Tracing Puritanism in American Studies; I.Özcan
Heaven Came Down: Deconstruction, Christianity, and George Herbert's The Collar; M.Mattek
Endnotes
References
Index


Authors

CASSANDRA FALKE teaches English at East Texas Baptist University, USA. Her publications include A Mote in the Eye of Literature: English Working-Class Autobiography, 1820-1848, as well as articles on Wordsworth, Coleridge, Newman, and Christian critical theory.