Image of the Church Minister in Literature

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Examines, through a close reading of wide-range texts, how the image of the religious minister and religion is mirrored. Authors include Chaucer, Shakespeare, George Eliot, James Joyce, Trollope, Morris West, Graham Greene, Bernanos, and others. The book also distinguishes itself in terms of genres considered and non-canonical texts studied: Fitzgerald's short story "Absolution"; Chapter 7 of John Henry Newman's only semi-autobiographical novel; Edmund Gosse's unique text; and Ralph Waldo Emerson's text from the essay genre combined with his various journal entries and letters. An interdisciplinary effort, this volume is well-documented and researched, yet still accessible to non-academic readership.


". . . provides readers with valuable insights into literary depictions of faith and ministry, while at the same time touching on the psychological and spiritual implications of those characters' actions and behaviors. As such, it is a helpful companion to other analyses of the works in question, a text which, as Heidt explains in the conclusion, enriches one's understanding of religious practice in general. It is a book for literary critics and for spiritual counselors, for students of psychology, as well as social science." -- Nick Dorochoff

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