The Baptized Muse Hardback
Early Christian Poetry as Cultural Authority
by Karla Pollmann;
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The Baptized Muse
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Pollman explores these strategies through a close analysis of a wide range of Christian, and for comparison partly also pagan, writers mainly from the fourth to sixth centuries. She reveals that early Christianity was not a hermetically sealed uniform body, but displays a rich spectrum of possibilities in dealing with the past and a willingness to engage with and adapt the surrounding culture(s), thereby developing diverse and changing responses to historical challenges. By demonstrating throughout that authority is a key in understanding the long denigrated and misunderstood early Christian poets, this book reaches the ground-breaking conclusion that early Christian poetry is an art form that gains its justification by adding cultural authority to Christianity. Thus, in a wider sense it engages with the recently developed interdisciplinary scholarly interest in aspects of religion as cultural phenomena.
The Baptized Muse by Karla Pollmann was published by Oxford University Press in November 2016. The ISBN for The Baptized Muse is 9780198726487.
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|Author / Artist||Karla Pollmann|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press (November 2016)|
|Number of Pages||304|
|Page last updated||8th February 2018|