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'Kubla Khan' and the Fall of Jerusalem : The Mythological School in Biblical Criticism and Secular Literature 1770-1880 - E. S. Shaffer

'Kubla Khan' and the Fall of Jerusalem

The Mythological School in Biblical Criticism and Secular Literature 1770-1880

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Published: 4th August 1980
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Dr. Shaffer outlines the development of the 'mythological school' of European Biblical criticism, especially its German origins and its reception in England, and studies the influences of this movement in the work of specific writers: Coleridge, Holderlin, Browning, and George Eliot.

The 'higher criticism' treated sacred scripture as literature and as history, the product of its time, and the highest expression of a developing group consciousness; it challenged current views on the authorship and dating of the Pentateuch and the Gospels, on inspiration, prophecy, and canonicity, and formulated a new apologetics closely linked with the growth of romantic aesthetics.

The importance of this study is that it shows that readings of specific literary texts can intersect with general movements of thought and action through the scrutiny of a clearly defined intellectual discipline, here the higher criticism, which developed as a particular expression of the larger trends in the history of the period. Dr Shaffer throws light on individual works of literature, the formation of movements, the origin of new genres, literary relationships between England and Germany, and the bases of European romanticism.

' Dr Schaffer's own erudition and her intellectual grasp and clarity are both great. She is one of those rare scholars who can, simultaneously, not only see both the wood and the trees, but point them out to others, offering an aerial perspective, a neat sketch, a botanical analysis, a map and a hint of poetical vision at the same time.' The New Review 'It is no exaggeration to say that this study is one of the few produced recently which European scholars and thinkers, so often and pertinently quoted, will have to take very seriously indeed.' George Steiner, The Times

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Fall of Jerusalem: Coleridge's unwritten epic
The visionary character: revelation and the lyrical ballad
The oriental idyll
H÷lderlin's 'Patmos' ode and 'Kubla Khan': mythological doubling
Browning's St John: the casuistry of the higher criticism
Daniel Deronda and the conventions of fiction
Appendices
Notes
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521298070
ISBN-10: 0521298075
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 4th August 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.55