COMPARATIVE LITERATURE STUDIES of the young men writing novels influenced by geocultural factors in the 1790s and what the mass reading public actually wanted to read. If there was such a division, was it based on gender or perhaps differing regional experiences of the influence of geoculture? These are fascinating questions that scholars will no doubt want to take up. Karen A. Weyler University of North Carolina at Greensboro Poetry and Apocalypse: Theological Disclosures of Poetic Language . By William Franke. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009. 232 pp. Cloth $60.00. Poetry and Apocalypse: Theological Disclosures of Poetic Language is a profound and radical study that holds many surprises. The first surprise is that it takes up the important relationship between literature and theology, a relationship that is studiously avoided in contemporary scholarship. Despite obvious religious meditation in the work of such diverse authors as Louise Glück, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill, and Fanny Howe, scholars seem to be uncomfortable with the religious arguments in their poetry. Likewise, when reviewers and critics read John Berryman's "Eleven Addresses to the Lord," Anne Sexton's "O Ye Tongues," and Allen Grossman's "How to Do Things with Tears," they broach each poem's metaphysics,
Comparative Literature Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: Jan 7, 2009
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