McKelvy, William R. The English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774-1880. Victorian Literature and Culture Series. Charlottesville VA and London: University of Virginia Press, 2007. Pp. xiv + 322 + 11 illustrations. $45.00 cloth.

McKelvy, William R. The English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774-1880. Victorian... Book Reviews / Religion and the Arts 14 (2010) 173–197 185 McKelvy, William R. Th e English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774–1880 . Victorian Literature and Culture Series. Charlottesville VA and London: University of Virginia Press, 2007. Pp. xiv + 322 + 11 illus- trations. $45.00 cloth. T hose unfamiliar with the burgeoning fi eld of Religion and Literature studies may not be aware of its methodological diversity. Despite this diversity, much of what passes for interdisciplinary scholarship within the fi eld betrays a lack of theological sophistication and serious engagement with the complexities of ecclesiastical structures, demonstrates a facile understanding of the ways in which the hazy concepts of “religion” and “literature” may cast light on each other, and bespeaks a mentality that refuses to allow even the possibility that the practitioners of religious faith in previous centuries were ardently and sincerely committed to their beliefs. Certainly, William McKelvy can be accused of none of these faults. His work stands within the broader fi eld of Religion and Literature even as it seeks to forge new ground, for it is not a theological study of literary fi g- ures and/or their works; neither is it an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Religion and the Arts Brill

McKelvy, William R. The English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774-1880. Victorian Literature and Culture Series. Charlottesville VA and London: University of Virginia Press, 2007. Pp. xiv + 322 + 11 illustrations. $45.00 cloth.

Religion and the Arts, Volume 14 (1-2): 185 – Jan 1, 2010

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Book Reviews / Religion and the Arts 14 (2010) 173–197 185 McKelvy, William R. Th e English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774–1880 . Victorian Literature and Culture Series. Charlottesville VA and London: University of Virginia Press, 2007. Pp. xiv + 322 + 11 illus- trations. $45.00 cloth. T hose unfamiliar with the burgeoning fi eld of Religion and Literature studies may not be aware of its methodological diversity. Despite this diversity, much of what passes for interdisciplinary scholarship within the fi eld betrays a lack of theological sophistication and serious engagement with the complexities of ecclesiastical structures, demonstrates a facile understanding of the ways in which the hazy concepts of “religion” and “literature” may cast light on each other, and bespeaks a mentality that refuses to allow even the possibility that the practitioners of religious faith in previous centuries were ardently and sincerely committed to their beliefs. Certainly, William McKelvy can be accused of none of these faults. His work stands within the broader fi eld of Religion and Literature even as it seeks to forge new ground, for it is not a theological study of literary fi g- ures and/or their works; neither is it an

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