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Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Beliefs (review)

Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Beliefs (review) COMPARATIVE LITERATURE STUDIES final chapter suggests by implication that a revised theory of ekphrasis is most likely to emerge from the kind of expanded canon evoked in the title of this provocative book. Christopher Reed Pennsylvania State University Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Beliefs. By Theodore Ziolkowski. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. 296 pp. Cloth $35.00. This elegant book seeks to reinvigorate the scholarship on secularization by examining different twentieth-century reactions to the crisis of faith in the light of what the author feels is a similar crisis in our own times. Ziolkowski, a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature, is certainly well armed to make this argument, having published widely before on matters of faith (Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus [1972]) and myth (The Mirror of Justice [2006]; The Sin of Knowledge [2000]; Hesitant Heroes [2004]). This considerable reflection clearly emboldened the author to write a readable yet wide-ranging book without the hefty overreferencing and overcomplication to which a younger and less confident scholar might fall prey. The result is an agreeable tapestry of literary analysis that ranges over European literature with Olympian ease and yet Faustian determination. Ziolkowski's main quarry is the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Literature Studies Penn State University Press

Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Beliefs (review)

Comparative Literature Studies , Volume 47 (1) – Mar 31, 2010

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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE STUDIES final chapter suggests by implication that a revised theory of ekphrasis is most likely to emerge from the kind of expanded canon evoked in the title of this provocative book. Christopher Reed Pennsylvania State University Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Beliefs. By Theodore Ziolkowski. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. 296 pp. Cloth $35.00. This elegant book seeks to reinvigorate the scholarship on secularization by examining different twentieth-century reactions to the crisis of faith in the light of what the author feels is a similar crisis in our own times. Ziolkowski, a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature, is certainly well armed to make this argument, having published widely before on matters of faith (Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus [1972]) and myth (The Mirror of Justice [2006]; The Sin of Knowledge [2000]; Hesitant Heroes [2004]). This considerable reflection clearly emboldened the author to write a readable yet wide-ranging book without the hefty overreferencing and overcomplication to which a younger and less confident scholar might fall prey. The result is an agreeable tapestry of literary analysis that ranges over European literature with Olympian ease and yet Faustian determination. Ziolkowski's main quarry is the

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Published: Mar 31, 2010

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