John Keble and 'The Christian Year'

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Abstract

'Either poetry is growing more religious, or religion more poetical'. The movements which ensued within the Church of England, in part at least inspired by John Keble's book, demonstrated that both these assertions were true. The Christian Year, one of the most influential works of poetry of the nineteenth century, is now seldom read or taught, and critical interest in it has generally centred upon its acknowledged effect on other writers of the Victorian period. Keble's aesthetic theories, of which The Christian Year is the fullest embodiment, have, however, maintained an implicit or explicit presence in critical readings of Victorian poetry and poetics, from M. H. Abrams's account of these theories in terms of Freudian repression and sublimation in the 1950s, to twenty-first century re-examinations of Keble in the light of renewed interest in literary affect and the significance of emotion.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology
EditorsAndrew Hass, Elisabeth Jay, David Jasper
Place of PublicationOxford
Pages607-623
Number of pages17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2007

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Poetry
Religion
Sublimation
1950s
Teaching
Poetics
Sigmund Freud
Embodiment
Victorian Period
Writer
Emotion
Church of England
Victorian Era
Aesthetic Theory

Keywords

  • poetry
  • religion
  • theology
  • Victorian

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Blair, K. (2007). John Keble and 'The Christian Year'. In A. Hass, E. Jay, & D. Jasper (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology (pp. 607-623). Oxford. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199544486.003.0036
Blair, Kirstie. / John Keble and 'The Christian Year'. The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. editor / Andrew Hass ; Elisabeth Jay ; David Jasper. Oxford, 2007. pp. 607-623
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