Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination 1860-1920

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In response to theologians’ quest for the historical Jesus, a new genre of Gospel-inspired fictional reconstructions became increasingly popular during the Victorian period. By exploring how such writers as Oscar Wilde, George Moore and Marie Corelli used fiction to revitalize the Scriptures, Stevens shows that they not only helped to disseminate modernist theology to the reading public but also set down the template for a literary tradition within which later authors, from Robert Graves to Dan Brown, have worked.

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Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination 1860-1920

Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination 1860-1920

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9781846314704     Product Code: 503343

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In response to theologians’ quest for the historical Jesus, a new genre of Gospel-inspired fictional reconstructions became increasingly popular during the Victorian period. By exploring how such writers as Oscar Wilde, George Moore and Marie Corelli used fiction to revitalize the Scriptures, Stevens shows that they not only helped to disseminate modernist theology to the reading public but also set down the template for a literary tradition within which later authors, from Robert Graves to Dan Brown, have worked.

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