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An Earthy Entanglement with Spirituality

Critical Reflections on Literature and Art

Elizabeth Moore Willingham, a medievalist, text scholar, Romance linguist, is series editor for the Old French Lancelot of Yale 229 for Brepols. Her editorial work has been supported by two major NEH grants, and she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Baylor University, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and the College of William and Mary

An Earthy Entanglement with Spirituality offers compelling perspectives on literature and art whose common ground lies in their diverse evocations of the human spirit. The critical readings are shaped by distinct critical approaches. Contributors consider the over-arching inquiry broadly, contextualizing their work in diverse primary sources that include poetry of various genres and periods; the novel, short story, and dialogue; Shakespearean drama and contemporary theater; and nineteenth-century painting and Italian Renaissance sculpture. Images of several kinds make the critical approaches accessible. The contents demonstrate the diverse audience for the book: the novice explorer of the Arts and Humanities; the knowledgeable generalist; the aficionado of a particular author or period; the advanced student seeking insights or a critical foothold; and those with spiritual, ethical, or theological interests. Teachers and critics of literature will find here useful and productive ideas, contexts, models, and resources. Worthy furniture for the mind and substantial meriendas for the spirit lie within.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78976-175-7
Paperback Price: £45 / $55
Release Date: February 2023
Page Extent / Format: 256 pp. 234 x 156 mm
Illustrated: Yes


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