Denis Donoghue's Adam's Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature PDF

By Denis Donoghue

W. B. Yeats's poem "Adam's Curse" offers Donoghue with motif and incentive. In Genesis God says to Adam: "Because thou hast harkened unto the voice of thy spouse, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, announcing, Thou shalt now not consume of it: cursed is the floor for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou consume of all of it the times of thy life." Yeats positioned it this manner: "It is bound there isn't any high-quality factor / due to the fact Adam's curse yet wishes a lot labouring." in keeping with a talk he had together with his loved Maud Gonne and her sister Kathleen, Yeats's poem thinks approximately how tough it really is to be attractive, to put in writing nice poetry, to like. In his Erasmus Lectures, Donoghue thinks in regards to the lasting problems eager about realizing, and residing with, cultural, literary, and non secular values which are in stressed relation to each other. On those and comparable concerns, Donoghue enters into dialog with various writers, a few of them-John Crowe Ransom, Hans Urs von Balthasar, William Lynch, Alasdair MacIntyre, Emmanuel Levinas, Andrew Delbanco, and Robert Bellah-signaled through the titles of the seven lectures. Into the thematic house steered through each one of those titles Donoghue invitations different writers and sages to hitch the conversation-Henry Adams, William Empson, John Milbank, Czeslaw Milosz, Seamus Heaney, Gabriel Josipovici, and lots of extra. The "talk," as it's possible you'll anticipate, retains coming round to the studying of particular literary texts: passages from Paradise misplaced, Stevens's "Esthétique du mal," fiction by means of Gide and J. F. Powers and J. M. Coetzee, to call just a couple of. In ADAM'S CURSE, Donoghue brings his targeted intelligence to endure on a few of the intersections the place faith and literature provocatively meet.

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