St John and the Victorians

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-16
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Gospel according to St John, often regarded as the most important of the gospels in the account it gives of Jesus' life and divinity, received close attention from nineteenth-century biblical scholars and prompted a significant response in the arts. This original interdisciplinary study of the cultural afterlife of John in Victorian Britain places literature, the visual arts and music in their religious context. Discussion of the Evangelist, the Gospel and its famous prologue is followed by an examination of particular episodes that are unique to John. Michael Wheeler's research reveals the depth of biblical influence on British culture and on individuals such as Ruskin, Holman Hunt and Tennyson. He makes a significant contribution to the understanding of culture, religion and scholarship in the period.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Notes on referencingp. xvi
The Evangelist, The Gospel, The Word
The Apostle of love: St John the Evangelistp. 3
Young disciple and aged divinep. 3
Witness and contemplativep. 13
Beloved disciple and Apostle of lovep. 20
'The most marvellous enigma': the fourth gospelp. 29
Traditional and critical orthodoxiesp. 29
Poetry and mysticismp. 41
The Light of the Word: Incarnationp. 52
Light and Lifep. 52
Interpreting the Wordp. 57
Representing the Lightp. 69
Interpretations and Representations
Water into wine: the miracle at Canap. 85
In defence of miraclesp. 85
Illustrating Canap. 96
The poetry of manifestationp. 104
Living water: the woman at the wellp. 111
Fact or allegory?p. 111
Christology at the wellp. 118
The fallen woman convertedp. 129
Raising the dead: Lazarus of Bethanyp. 139
A problematic narrativep. 139
The quintessence of Johnp. 144
Poetic language and narrative silencep. 152
A beauty which art cannot reachp. 162
'Behold thy mother': at the foot of the Crossp. 169
Catholic versus Protestantp. 169
Bloody crucifixes and gilded Virginsp. 179
Anglicizing the Stabat Materp. 189
Touching the risen body: Mary Magdalene and Thomasp. 199
Sainthood and misrepresentationp. 199
The poetry of faith and doubtp. 211
Picturing the risen Christp. 224
Afterwordp. 236
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 262
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