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St John and the Victorians

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  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107442450

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  • The Gospel according to St John, often regarded as the most important of the gospels in the account it gives of Jesus' life and divinity, received close attention from nineteenth-century biblical scholars and prompted a significant response in the arts. This original interdisciplinary study of the cultural afterlife of John in Victorian Britain places literature, the visual arts and music in their religious context. Discussion of the Evangelist, the Gospel and its famous prologue is followed by an examination of particular episodes that are unique to John. Michael Wheeler's research reveals the depth of biblical influence on British culture and on individuals such as Ruskin, Holman Hunt and Tennyson. He makes a significant contribution to the understanding of culture, religion and scholarship in the period.

    • The first study to analyse the impact of a gospel on Victorian culture
    • A genuinely interdisciplinary book in which theology, art, literature and music are interrelated
    • Reveals important aspects of the religious context in which creative writers, artists and musicians worked
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    "A learned, readable book with a fair bibliography."
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    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107442450
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Evangelist, The Gospel, The Word:
    1. The apostle of love: St John the Evangelist
    2. 'The most marvellous enigma': the fourth gospel
    3. The light of the word: incarnation
    Part II. Interpretations and Representations:
    4. Water into wine: the marriage at Cana
    5. Living water: the woman at the well
    6. Raising the dead: Lazarus of Bethany
    7. 'Behold thy mother': at the foot of the cross
    8. Touching the risen body: Mary Magdalene and Thomas
    Afterword
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Michael Wheeler, University of Southampton
    Michael Wheeler is a Visiting Professor of English at the University of Southampton and an Honorary Professor of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre at Lancaster University.

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