Title: Adam's Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature (Erasmus Institute Books)
Book Condition: New
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press May 2001
0268020094 / 9780268020095
Seller ID: 20070607104977
Either Denis Donoghue is trying to impress us and therefore drops names, or he is so thoroughly conversant with dozens of eminent writers and critics that his conversations on the history of ideas and the nuances of literary trends simply spontaneously sprout references to them. Either way, he is worth reading, and well worth reading. He has learned much, and we have much to learn. Take, for example, his lecture (in this collection of some of Notre Dame's Erasmus Lectures) ''Christ and Apollo,'' in which he critiques William Lynch's theory of analogy in Lynch's book of the same title. While being richly informed about the principle of analogy in language and literature and theology, we also learn, by the by, that Donoghue knew Allen Tate, that Tate told him to read William Lynch, that we should read Ernst Kantorowicz's The King's Two Bodies to see how the theological concept of analogy found political form, why William Empson hated God, and how William Lynch was theologically brilliant but read literature with a tin ear. Main themes and passing connections alike multiply dizzyingly. Similar provocations and wide-ranging insights fill the other lectures gathered here, on John Crowe Ransom's theory of myth's influence of literature, on a comparison of John Milbank and Hans Urs von Balthasar, on Robert Bellah, on Alasdair MacIntyre, and on the changing image of Satan in literature from Milton to the present.