Christina Rossetti : Poetry, Ecology, Faith Hardback
by Emma (Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Mason
Part of the Spiritual Lives series
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) is regarded is one of the greatest Christian poets to write in English.
While Rossetti has firmly secured her place in the cannon, her religious poetry was for a long time unfashionable within a literary critical field dominated by politics (Marxism; feminism; queer studies) assumed to take its task with Christianity.
Recent scholarship readdresses reductive understanding of religion and faith as ideology, while also demonstrating thatfeminism was at the forefront of nineteenth-century Christian culture.
This shift has enabled new readings of Rossetti's work, not simply as a canon of significant nineteenth-century devotional literature, but also as a marker of religion's relevance to modern concern through its reflection onscience and materialism, as well as spirituality and mysticism. Emma Mason offers a compelling biography on Christina Rossetti, arguing that her poetry, diaries, letters, and devotional commentaries are engaged with contemporary theological debate, while also forging a phenomenological way into spirituality through a style that poetically captures the experience of faith.
Mason suggests this phenomenological style provides a key to understanding Rossetti's spirituality, particular when considered alongside the details of her life such as her role as carerto her father, her association with the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and other prominent Victorian intellectuals, her charity work, and her own struggles with ill health.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 21/06/2018
- Category: Biography: religious & spiritual
- ISBN: 9780198723691