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  1. Chesterton, Eliot, and Modernist Heresy.Alan Blackstock - 2018 - Renascence 70 (3):199-216.
    G. K. Chesterton and T. S. Eliot both employed the concepts of orthodoxy and heresy to evaluate the work and influence of some of the most prominent writers of their day. One of Chesterton’s best-known books is titled Orthodoxy, and one of his earliest works of literary criticism was a collection of articles first written for the Daily News and later published under the title Heretics. T.S. Eliot delivered a series of lectures at the University of Virginia in 1933 that (...)
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  2. Death, Resurrection, and Meaning in Finnegans Wake.Martin Brick - 2018 - Renascence 70 (3):171-186.
    This essay uses process theology, and branch of theology that emphasizes a teleological perspective regarding sin and suffering, to examine the treatment of death and the uncanny in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. The attitude of the mourners of Tim Finnegan from the first chapter of the novel is compared to the attitude of ALP in her closing monologue, with each view corresponding to a different variety of eschatology, futurized and realized. ALP’s hopeful demeanor illustrates a balance of these two types, (...)
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  3. Eucharist and the Poetics of Failure.Adam Glover - 2018 - Renascence 70 (3):153-169.
    This article examines “Poem of the Eucharistic Bread” by the underappreciated twentieth-century Argentine Catholic poet Francisco Luis Bernárdez. It contends that “Poem of the Eucharistic Bread” is not only a poem about the Eucharist, but also a kind of allegory of the Eucharist, one whose poetic diction frames the process of poiesis as significantly analogous to the sacramental character of the Eucharist itself. In the process, the article also suggests that Bernárdez’s rare combination of poetic talent and theological sensitivity ought (...)
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  4. Hopkins’s Remarks on His ‘Terrible Posthumous Sonnets’.Peter Whiteford - 2018 - Renascence 70 (3):187-198.
    In 1885, Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote two letters to Robert Bridges in which he referred briefly to several sonnets that he had recently written, and that he intended to send. He did not name the poems, and his subsequent failure to send them left the sonnets permanently unidentified and the remarks about them inevitably cryptic. Nevertheless, subsequent critics have readily and almost unanimously agreed that the remarks refer to some of the poems collectively known as the terrible sonnets; in a (...)
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    The Numinous in Walter de la Mare’s Memoirs of a Midget.John Coates - 2018 - Renascence 70 (2):129-144.
    Adopting the premise that Walter de la Mare’s writing cannot be fully understood without attending to its moral, spiritual and religious dimensions, this paper examines in detail his longest and most important novel, Memoirs of a Midget. It draws analogies between his movement from a dogmatic moralism towards a sense of the numinous and compares them with similar tendencies in Arthur Machin and Algernon Blackwood.
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  6. A Note From the Editor.John Curran - 2018 - Renascence 70 (2):88-88.
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    On the Significance of Civil War References in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”.Thomas P. Flint - 2018 - Renascence 70 (2):119-128.
    While many authors have written about the undertone of violence present throughout Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," little has been said about the specific references in the story to the Civil War. These references, though, serve to highlight questions concerning evil, guilt, and punishment that come to the fore especially in the culminating scene between the grandmother and The Misfit. In the end, the story seems to be suggesting, trying to determine the fittingness of (...)
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  8. The Siren and the Admiral.Michael VanderWeele - 2018 - Renascence 70 (2):89-117.
    This essay argues for a more civic interpretation of Dante’s dream of the Siren in Purgatorio 19 by connecting the reprimand and consolation that surround the dream to the reprimand and consolation that surround the Old Testament images of Israel as faithless spouse—and that are typical of other parts of the Divine Comedy. Such a reading fits the liturgical character of the Purgatorio better than the dominant post-Freudian readings can and it lets the passage speak to civic as well as (...)
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    The Higher Mathematics of Flannery O’Connor.Mark Bosco - 2018 - Renascence 70 (1):79-86.
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    A Note From the Editor.John E. Curran - 2018 - Renascence 70 (1):2-2.
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    “My Master Calls Me”: Authority and Loyalty in King Lear.Matthew M. Davis - 2018 - Renascence 70 (1):59-78.
    This essay looks at how various characters in King Lear view Lear’s authority after he divides the kingdom. The author argues that some characters, including Goneril, Regan, and Oswald, view Lear’s kingly authority as “defeasible” – that is, they believe it is something he can lose or give away. Other characters, particularly Kent, view Lear as a person who has an indefeasible, inalienable authority. The author makes a connection between “indefeasible authority” and the concept of divine right of kings and (...)
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    Edmund Wilson Had No Idea: Brideshead Revisited as a Catholic Tract.J. V. Long - 2018 - Renascence 70 (1):43-58.
    Evidence in the text of Brideshead Revisited shows that it is inadequate simply to link Evelyn Waugh’s conversion to Roman Catholicism with his ostensibly reactionary sensibility. Rather than merely providing an exercise in apologetics, Waugh’s novel displays religious experience that is grounded in the author’s conversion and practice of his faith. The novel mines a deep understanding of both the complex experience of English Catholicism and the riches of the liturgical drama and texts that were experienced during the Holy Week (...)
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    The Wisdom of “The Farm”.Lucas Nossaman - 2018 - Renascence 70 (1):3-22.
    This essay examines Wendell Berry’s Sabbath poetry, an ongoing project of verse composed during Sunday walks, as a unique blend of Christian theology and ecological teaching gleaned from the Bible and from English pastoral poets. In particular, the perspective on Sabbath in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene has influenced Berry’s reflections on rest in an ecological context. From close analyses of three Sabbath poems, the essay concludes that the Sabbath poetry progresses from conventional georgic rooted in Old Testament teachings about (...)
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    Manhood and Happiness in Emma.Joyce Kerr Tarpley - 2018 - Renascence 70 (1):23-41.
    Among Austen commentators, the traditional view of manhood holds that it is innate, “‘a matter of course,’ a given quality of a man’s nature”. However, since the 90’s, this view has been contested, especially in Emma, with the argument that “masculinity is something the novel contests and constructs”. In “Manhood and Happiness in Emma: Liberal Learning and Practicing the Language of Marriage,” I frame Austen’s understanding of manhood in terms of education. In order to become the man he ought to (...)
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