Shaping Belief

BookShaping Belief

Shaping Belief

Culture, Politics, and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Writing

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 52


June 1st, 2008





Shaping Belief explores how the energy of belief came to manifest itself in nineteenth-century writing. This manifestation was evident as much in expressions of newly formed personal relations to ideas, as in the appropriation of religious discourse in writing of the period. By re-visioning the place of belief in nineteenth-century writing this collection provides important forays into current thinking, both on the position occupied by belief within nineteenth-century literary studies, and within contemporary culture itself.

Author Information

Victoria Morgan and Clare Williams both teach at the University of Liverpool. Victoria Morgan and Clare Williams both teach at the University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
List of Illustrations
Allegiance: A Sermon - Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Introduction: Re-visioning Belief in Nineteenth-Century Writing - Victoria Morgan and Clare Williams
I. Religious Discourse: Transmission and Appropriation
1. Tell the Story: Re-imagining Victorian Conversion Narratives - Andrew Tate
2. ‘Recognizing Fellow-Creatures’: F.D. Maurice, Octavia Hill, Josephine Butler - Hester Jones
3. ‘Filthy Lucre’: Christianity, Commerce and the Female Bodily Economy in Seamstress Narratives of the 1840s - Ella Dzelzainis
4. Isaiah and Ezekiel – But What about Charley? An Essay on ‘Wanting to Believe’ - Philip Davis
II. Shaping Subjectivities: Belief, Aesthetics and Space
5. ‘Repairing Everywhere without Design’? Industry, Revery and Relation in Emily Dickenson’s Bee Imagery - Victoria Morgan
6. Poetry, Poetic Perception and Emerson’s Spiritual Affirmations - David M. Robinson
7. Sacrificial Exchange and the Gothic Double in Melmoth the Wanderer and The Picture of Dorian Gray - Alison Milbank
8. Church Architecture, Tractarian Poetry and the Forms of Faith - Kirstie Blair
III. Mediating Culture: Inscribing Democracy, Class and Social Identity
9. Caricature and Social Change 1820-1840: The March of Intellect Revisited - Brian Maidment
10. Feeling ‘Ghostlike’: Carlyle and his Exposure to the ‘Condition-of-England-Question’ - Clare Williams
11. ‘Getting Down into the Masses’: Dickens, Journalism and the Personal Mode - Juliet John
12. ‘Scrupulously Empty Phrases’ and the Silent Work of Matthew Arnold: Belief in the Action of Writing - Kate Campbell