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The Resource Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spiritual progress : face to face with God, Linda M. Lewis

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spiritual progress : face to face with God, Linda M. Lewis

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spiritual progress : face to face with God
Title
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spiritual progress
Title remainder
face to face with God
Statement of responsibility
Linda M. Lewis
Title variation
Face to face with God
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Language
eng
Summary
"Elizabeth Barrett Browning believed that "Christ's religion is essentially poetry{u2014}poetry glorified." In Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Spiritual Progress, Linda M. Lewis studies Browning's religion as poetry, her poetry as religion. The book interprets Browning's literary life as an arduous spiritual quest{u2014}the successive stages being a rejection of Promethean pride for Christ-like humility, affirmation of the gospels of suffering and of work, internalization of the doctrine of Apocalypse, and ascent to divine love and truth. Lewis follows this religious crusade from the poet's childhood to her posthumous Last Poems--including such topics as her Bible reading, her introduction to the Greek church fathers and the English Protestant reformers, the theological debates in which she participated, her quarrel with the theology of Paradise Lost, and her scandalous involvement in mesmerism and Swedenborgianism. Using insights from contemporary feminist thought, Lewis argues that Browning's religious assumptions and insights range from the conventional to the iconoclastic and that women's spirituality is, for Browning as well as for other Victorian women writers, separate from orthodox patriarchy. Lewis demonstrates that Browning's political and social ideology--often labeled inconsistent and illogical{u2014}really makes sense in light of this spiritual quest, which leads her to confront her God "face to face." Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Spiritual Progress examines not only Browning's most admired works, such as Sonnets from the Portuguese and Aurora Leigh, but also her large body of political works and her important early poems{u2014}The Seraphim and A Drama of Exile. This intertextual book compares Browning's ideology to that of feminists such as Margaret Fuller, Harriet Martineau, and Florence Nightingale; influential conservatives such as Thomas Carlyle; and those most esteemed of Victorian poets, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Browning. Concluding with an examination of religion as a central focus of Victorian women poets, Lewis clarifies the ways in which Browning differs from Christina Rossetti, Felicia Hemans, Dora Greenwell, Jean Ingelow, and Mary Howitt. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Spiritual Progress maintains that Browning's peculiar face-to-face struggle with the patristic and poetic tradition{u2014}as well as with God{u2014}sets her work apart."--Publishers website
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DLC
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1942-
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Lewis, Linda M.
Dewey number
821/.8
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4197.R4
LC item number
L49 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
  • Christianity and literature
  • Christian poetry, English
  • Women
  • God in literature
Label
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spiritual progress : face to face with God, Linda M. Lewis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-247) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37608195
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 256 pages
Isbn
9780826211460
Lccn
97035039
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spiritual progress : face to face with God, Linda M. Lewis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-247) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37608195
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 256 pages
Isbn
9780826211460
Lccn
97035039
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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