Wordsworth and Coleridge:Theological Ways of Reading Literature

Bainbridge, S. J. J. (2007) Wordsworth and Coleridge:Theological Ways of Reading Literature. In: The Oxford Handbook of Literature and Theology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 465-482. ISBN 9780199271979

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In the last few years, the historicizing approach to the religious dimensions of William Wordsworth's and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's writing has begun to be challenged by work that draws on the so-called ‘theological turn’ in Continental philosophy, signalling a revitalized and often highly theorized interest in issues which many of the poets' early readers had responded to, such as the nature of God and the idea of transcendence. As these developments suggest, the issue of the relationship between literature and religion is regaining a central place in the study of the writing and culture of the Romantic period, and the ongoing debate about how best to read Coleridge and Wordsworth theologically is a crucial part of this process.

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