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The Sacred and Secular Canon in Romanticism

Preserving the Sacred Truths


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. David Jasper
    Pages 1-10
  3. David Jasper
    Pages 11-25
  4. David Jasper
    Pages 41-55
  5. David Jasper
    Pages 72-87
  6. David Jasper
    Pages 88-99
  7. David Jasper
    Pages 100-115
  8. David Jasper
    Pages 116-130
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 131-158

About this book


This book is an interdisciplinary study of Romanticism which focuses on the reception of the Biblical canon in poetry, art and theory. The Bible is acknowledged as the heart of European culture, but as its status as the sacred text of Judaism and Christianity becomes questionable, it remains at the turning-point between sacred and secular art in the modern world. The insights of Romanticism are crucial for our understanding of postmodernism as a fundamentally religious movement which acknowledges both the death and rebirth of religious language.


Christianity language Romanticism world literature

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

About the authors

DAVID JASPER is a Reader in Literature and Theology in the University of Glasgow. He holds degrees in English Literature and Theology from the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Durham. The founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology and the Arts, he is Editor of the Macmillan series Studies in Religion and Literature. The author of five earlier books, he has lectured widely in Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia. He is at present Vice Dean of Divinity at the University of Glasgow.

Bibliographic information


Jasper draws an astute portrait of the evolving relationship between Scripture and literature. . .[His] argument merits thoughtful consideration. Anglican Theological Review