Crossroads of Knowledge: Literature and Theology

  • Subha Mukherji
Part of the Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern Literature book series (CKEML, volume 1)


This chapter reflects on the ways in which imaginative literature probes, troubles, and illuminates the relation between knowledge and faith through aesthetic mediation in post-Reformation England. In the process, it at once puts pressure on the category of the ‘literary’ and tunes us into the wider cultural meanings of ‘faith’, showing how an alternative episteme is forged in the synergies between religious belief and literary art. It posits, and offers for critical thinking, a poetics of faith at the intersection of form, feeling, and doctrine, one that turns apparent challenges of religious cognition into imaginatively, ethically, and emotionally productive resources. The chapter places this approach methodologically in the context of The Crossroads of Knowledge project out of which this volume emerges. Finally, it indicates how the individual chapters in this book speak to each other and weave a hermeneutic discourse that brings to life the experiential dimension of knowledge in the devotional domain, and traces the imaginative texture of faith and its ways of knowing, unknowing, and half-knowing.


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  • Subha Mukherji
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  1. 1.Faculty of EnglishUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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