Literature of Luther

Literature of Luther


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Given the upcoming five-hundred-year anniversary of Luther's ninety-five theses, it is appropriate to reflect on the impact of Luther's ideas. This collection of essays, which began as conference papers on the literature of Luther, seeks to initiate conversations on the many and varied receptions of the reformer. Most of the essays are interdisciplinary, crossing boundaries between literature, history, and theology. Both Catholic and Protestant voices are well represented. The topics covered are wide-ranging so that for any interested reader several essays will likely strike a chord.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625645296
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/05/2014
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

A. Edward Wesley is Associate Professor of English at Saint Francis College.

J. Christopher Edwards is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Francis College. He is author of The Ransom Logion in Mark and Matthew (2012).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Contributors viii

1 "A Most Stupid Scoundrel": Some Early English Responses to Luther J. Patrick Hornbeck II 1

2 Reformation Never Ends: Jeremias Gotthelf Eavesdropping on Luther in 1828 Peter C. Meilaender 26

3 A Conversation among the Reformers in Heaven (Gespräch der Reformatoren im Himmel, 1828) Jeremias Gotthelf Peter C. Meilaender 40

4 Luther and Kleist: Breaking New Ground Jean Wilson 50

5 Vocation, Holiness and Freewill in Luther and Grisez: An Interconfessional Exchange R. J. Matava 60

6 Luther's Linguistic Innovation Virgil Thompson 106

7 Luther, Libertines, and Literature Jeffrey K. Mann 120

8 Release from Torment: Finding Grace in Arthur Miller's After the Fail, John Osborne's Luther, and C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces Elaine Lux 131

9 Luther's Theology of the Cross: Redemptive Suffering and Vivian Bearing's Death in Margaret Edson's play, Wit Anthony Grasso 144

10 Never Such Innocence Again: The Persistence of Hope in Cormac McCarthy's The Road Stephen Sicari 163

11 Allusions to Wittenberg, the Four Last Things, and the Character of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Brigid Brady 174

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From the Publisher

"Martin Luther's personality, ideas, and participation in dramatic events have attracted admiration, fascination, and antipathy over the centuries and offered literati of various perspectives a fertile field for their imaginations to re-create his image in new forms. These eleven conference essays explore the treatment and molding of his life and thought or compare his ideas with other thinkers or writers, reflecting a wide spectrum of approaches to aspects of Luther's life, illuminating how we shape historical figures in our own image."

—Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

"This highly interesting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary essay collection sheds new light on the impact Luther's works have had on world literature, theology, and religious language. Written by both Catholic and Protestant scholars, the book is a significant contribution to Luther studies."

—Gregor Thuswaldner, Gordon College, The Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts, Beverly, MA

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