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Walker Percy’s eucharistic vision

Walker Percy’s eucharistic vision Desmond, John F DURING the last few years of his life, Walker Percy corresponded with Kenneth Laine Ketner, professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University and an authority on Charles Sanders Peirce, the American philosopher generally credited with being the founder of modern semiotics.1 This correspondence was subsequently published as A […]

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A Christian refutation of Utopian dreams of ultimate fulfillment

W.H. Auden’s “Vespers”: A Christian refutation of Utopian dreams of ultimate fulfillment Curtis, Jan The past is not to be taken seriously (let the dead bury their dead) nor the future (take no thought for the morrow), only the present instant and that, not for its aesthetic emotional content but for its historic decisiveness. (Now […]

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Manifestations of the Holy Ghost in Flaubert’s Un Coeur Simple

Manifestations of the Holy Ghost in Flaubert’s Un Coeur Simple Overaker, Lewis J Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. -1 Corinthians 6.19-20′ THE […]

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Submission and freedom: Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy

Submission and freedom: Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy Miller, Edmund DEFENDERS of culture were grateful that a film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings had preserved the general form of the original narration, and that the film had revived interest in a good author. One wonders, though: in something like Tolkien’s work, […]

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Appeals for pity in the Heptameron

Appeals for pity in the Heptameron Baker, Mary J MARGUEITE de Navarre’s Heptameron, a major Renaissance collection of stories, is both derivative and distinctive. This unfinished book (it contains seventy-two stories rather than the projected one hundred), was published posthumously (1559), and was undoubtedly inspired in part by Boccaccio’s Decameron (1353). Marguerite’s work distances itself […]

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Duality and unity in the poetry of Denise Levertov

Old impulses, new expressions: Duality and unity in the poetry of Denise Levertov Little, Anne Colclough ON the surface, Denise Levertov’s career as a poet has seemed to consist of a series of changes in direction. After the British neoromantic apprentice collection The Double Image, she wrote her first five American volumes, which Ralph J. […]

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What Lewis learned from Milton, The

psychology of temptation in Perelandra and Paradise Lost: What Lewis learned from Milton, The Tanner, John S DURING the late 1930s and early 1940s, C. S. Lewis composed a space trilogy set on Mars, Venus, and Earth, respectively. In the middle novel, Perelandra, Lewis imagines a new myth of the Fall-only this time there is […]

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Robinson Crusoe as narrative theologian

Robinson Crusoe as narrative theologian Daniel E Ritchie DANIEL Defoe’s three volumes of Robinson Crusoe (1719-20) appeared at a time of great change in biblical hermeneutics. As described by one of the founders of “narrative theology,” Hans Frei, western reading of the Bible up to the eighteenth century was “strongly realistic, i.e., at once literal […]

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“AUTHENTIC INTERPRETATION” OF A RILKE SONNET

GADAMER AS LITERARY CRITIC: “AUTHENTIC INTERPRETATION” OF A RILKE SONNET Hamner, Everett GIVEN the interest in recent years in the thought of Hans-Georg Gadamer, self-consciously Gadamerian readings of literature are surprisingly rare. While much work has aimed to locate Gadamer’s thought in relation to aesthetics, ethics, and philosophical hermeneutics, very little has considered the implications […]

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Jane Austen and the sin of pride

Jane Austen and the sin of pride Wolfe, Jesse All (four heroines) realize that the cause of deception lay within; Catherine, that she had brought to the Abbey a mind “craving to be frightened,” Marianne, that “her own feelings had prepared her sufferings,” Elizabeth, that she has “courted ignorance,” and “driven reason away,” Emma, that […]