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Author Dieleman, Karen.

Title Religious imaginaries : the liturgical and poetic practices of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Adelaide Procter / Karen Dieleman
Published Athens : Ohio University Press, [2012]
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (320 pages)
Contents Introduction: liturgy and the religious imaginary -- Truth and love anchored in the word: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's religious imaginary -- "Truth in relation, perceived in emotion": Elizabeth Barrett Browning's religious poetics -- "The beloved Anglican Church of my baptism": Christina Rossetti's religious imaginary -- Manifestation, aesthetics, and community in Christina Rossetti's verses -- "The one divine influence at work in the world": Adelaide Procter's religious imaginary -- Religious-poetic strategies in Adelaide Procter's lyrics, legends, and chaplets -- Conclusion: the intricacy of the subject
Summary "Religious Imaginaries explores liturgical practice as formative for how three Victorian women poets imagined the world and their place in it and, consequently, for how they developed their creative and critical religious poetics. In doing so, this new study rethinks several assumptions in the field: that Victorian women's faith commitments tend to limit creativity; that the contours of church experiences matter little for understanding religious poetry; and that gender is more significant than liturgy in shaping women's religious poetry. Exploring the import of bodily experience for spiritual, emotional, and cognitive forms of knowing, Karen Dieleman explains and clarifies the deep orientations of different strands of nineteenth-century Christianity, such as Congregationalism's high regard for verbal proclamation, Anglicanism and Anglo-Catholicism's valuation of manifestation, and revivalist Roman Catholicism's recuperation of an affective aesthetic. Looking specifically at Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Adelaide Procter as astute participants in their chosen strands of Christianity, Dieleman reveals the subtle textures of these women's religious poetry: the different voices, genres, and aesthetics they create in response to their worship experiences. Part recuperation, part reinterpretation, Dieleman's readings highlight each poet's innovative religious poetics. Dieleman devotes two chapters to each of the three poets: the first chapter in each pair delineates the poet's denominational practices and commitments; the second reads the corresponding poetry. Religious Imaginaries has appeal for scholars of Victorian literary criticism and scholars of Victorian religion, supporting its theoretical paradigm by digging deeply into primary sources associated with the actual churches in which the poets worshipped, detailing not only the liturgical practices but also the architectural environments that influenced the worshipper's formation. By going far beyond descriptions of various doctrinal positions, this research significantly deepens our critical understanding of Victorian Christianity and the culture it influenced."--Project Muse
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 -- Religion.
Procter, Adelaide Anne, 1825-1864 -- Religion.
Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894 -- Religion.
Christian poetry, English -- Authorship.
Christian poetry, English -- History and criticism.
English poetry -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
English poetry -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Religious poetry, English -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0821444344 (electronic bk.)
9780821444344 (electronic bk.)