Christina Rossetti : Poetry, Ecology, Faith, Hardback Book


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
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  • Category: Biography: religious & spiritual
  • ISBN: 9780198723691



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