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The Figure of Christ in the Long Nineteenth Century

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Reflects on the prominent place of Christianity in nineteenth century culture

  • Discusses a variety of works across the nineteenth century, and addresses how the approaches in representation differ

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. William Blake and Visionary Revelation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 21-21
  3. Textual and Visual Fragmentation and the Form of the Vortex

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 53-53
  4. The Incarnation and the Redemptive Role of Art

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 83-83
    2. Tennyson, Lacan, and the Raising of Lazarus

      • Valerie Purton
      Pages 99-114
  5. The Figure of Christ in Tractarian Theology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 115-115
    2. The Masculinity of Jesus and the Doctrine of the Real Presence

      • Carol Engelhardt Herringer
      Pages 133-145
  6. The Ecological Jesus and the Good Shepherd

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 147-147

About this book

“In this beautifully constructed and consistently stimulating volume, Elizabeth

Ludlow and her contributors do a wonderful job of explaining why Christ was

such an important figure in nineteenth-century thought. The collection is marked

by its rich discussion, cohesive lines of argument, and interdisciplinary range.”


—Mark Knight, Professor, Lancaster University, UK


“The Figure of Christ in the Long Nineteenth Century is a fascinating volume that

fills a gap in nineteenth-century scholarship, and restores to us a sense of how

central, how vigorous, and at the same time how contested, the portrayal of

Christ was in this period. From the apocalyptic and visionary writing and art of

Blake, to the vivid re-imaginings of novelists and children’s writers, from the

poetry and art of central and established figures like Tennyson and Holman

Hunt, to the radical re-appraisals of the Chartist poets, these studies show how

the imaginative portrayal of Christ became a powerful way of expressing and

symbolising the great themes and controversies of this period. Elizabeth Ludlow

has done a fine job in selecting and editing these essays and her own work in

the field also makes a strong contribution to this volume.”


— Malcolm Guite, Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge, UK and author,

poet and singer-songwriter


This book is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that explores the variety of

ways in which the interface between understanding the figure of Christ, the

place of the cross, and the contours of lived experience, was articulated through

the long nineteenth century. Collectively, the chapters respond to the

theological turn in postmodern thought by asking vital questions about the way

in which representations of Christ shape understandings of personhood and of

the divine.


Keywords

  • Christ in writing
  • Nineteenth century writing
  • Religious writing
  • William Blake
  • Religious fiction
  • Tennyson and christ
  • Victorian novel
  • British and Irish Literature

Editors and Affiliations

  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

    Elizabeth Ludlow

About the editor

Elizabeth Ludlow is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin

University, UK. She is the author of Christina Rossetti and the Bible: Waiting with

the Saints (2014) and a number of journal articles. She is currently working on a

monograph entitled Prayer and the Body in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing

and a project on nineteenth-century representations of Early Church women.

Bibliographic Information

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Softcover Book
USD 119.99
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