Literature and Religion

Literary Studies is in the midst of a 'sacred turn' as religious discourse, themes and questions begin to assert themselves in paradoxical and troubling ways. Here at Lancaster, we are uniquely well placed to explore the implications of this renewed focus upon the religious from the renaissance to post-modernity. 

In Early Modern studies, Alison Findlay has published on religion and theatre, and Hilary Hinds on Quakerism; in nineteenth century studies Keith Hanley is working on sacred geographies, Jo Carruthers on the Bible and Victorian fiction and Mark Knight on evangelicalism and the novel; in twentieth century studies Tony Sharpe has recently published work on Auden’s Anglicanism, and John Schad on ‘spiritual traffic’ in Virginia Woolf et al.; in contemporary studies we have Andrew Tate working on the figure of Christ in the twenty-first century novel, and Lindsey Moore on Islam in postcolonial fiction and film; in cultural theory we have Arthur Bradley writing on political theology and philosophy, and Terry Eagleton on Christianity and radical politics; and, finally, in creative writing we have Sara Maitland, author of The Book of Silence, a spiritual memoir, Jenn Ashworth who explores Mormonism through her fiction, and Michelene Wandor who maps the history of British Jewry through her poetry, drama and libretti.