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Ted Hughes and Christianity

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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108483896

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  • Ted Hughes is one of the most important twentieth-century British poets. This book provides a radical reassessment of his relationship to the Christian faith, revealing his critically-endorsed paganism as profoundly and productively engaged with all the essentials of Christian thought. Hughes's intense criticism of the Reformation, his interest in restoring the Virgin Mary to her pre-Christian status as divine mother-goddess, his attempts to marry evolutionary science and scripture with a biological interpretation of the fall, his endorsement of the cross as the central symbol of the human condition, and the role of Christ in his myth of Sylvia Plath are among the many topics explored. Along the way, Troupes establishes strong thematic and intertextual links between Hughes and the American Transcendentalist tradition - a tradition which offers moments of vital illumination of Hughes's religious themes while encouraging a more generous trans-Atlantic appreciation of Hughes's literary affiliations.

    • Challenges existing critical perspectives on Hughes, demonstrating his sophistication as a religious thinker
    • Provides novel contextualization for Hughes, placing him in the company of a range of American poets and writers
    • Addresses all of Hughes's major collections in a predominantly chronological fashion, including major works for children
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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108483896
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The deeper life
    2. The biological fall
    3. The biblical fall
    4. The crucifixion
    5. Puritanism and the goddess
    6. Sacrament and transcendence in River
    7. Sylvia Plath: being Christlike
    Afterword. Glimpses.

  • Author

    David Troupes, University of Sheffield
    David Troupes completed his Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield in 2018. His writing on Ted Hughes has appeared in Religion and Literature, The Ted Hughes Society Journal and PN Review, as well as in critical anthologies from Cambridge. He is on the Council of the Ted Hughes Society. He has also published two full collections of poetry, and a selection of his recent works appeared in Carcanet's New Poetries VI.

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