David Jones

A Christian Modernist?

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Jamie Callison, Paul S. Fiddes, Anna Johnson, Erick Tonning
Studies in Religion and the Arts
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David Jones: A Christian Modernist? is a major reassessment of the work of the poet, artist and essayist David Jones (1895-1974) in light of the complex, ambiguous idea of a ‘Christian modernism’. His richly experimental and palimpsestic poetry, art and thought drew extensively on Christian tradition and symbolism as a key to the future: rejecting a technocratic and utilitarian modernity in favour of a revitalised culture of sign and sacrament. This volume examines historical influences on Jones’s development, his impassioned engagement with the idea of modernity and with modernist literature and art, the theological sources and resonances of his work, and contemporary or late-modern perspectives on his achievement.

Contributors are: Thomas Berenato, Sarah Coogan, Thomas Dilworth, Paul S. Fiddes, Thomas Goldpaugh, Daniel Gustafsson, Rosie Lavan, Alison Milbank, Micheal O'Siadhail, Martin Potter, John David Ramsey, Paul Robichaud, Matthew Sperling, Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Anna Svendsen, Simon Trub, Tom Villis, Jean Ward

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jamie Callison works on modernism, religious culture, and poetry in performance. He has published widely on these topics in journals such as Modernist Cultures, Literature and Theology, and ELH.

Paul S. Fiddes has published extensively on the relation between literature and theology, and his most recent book is Seeing the World and Knowing God(Oxford University Press, 2015).

Anna Johnson is Senior Development Manager at the University of Exeter. Her PhD focused on the visual and literary work of David Jones, and she has published articles on this topic (including “David Jones and the Anglo-Saxon Culture Tangle” in Anglo-Saxon Culture and the Modern Imagination, Boydell and Brewer, 2010).

Erik Tonning is Professor of British Literature and Culture at the University of Bergen. He has published on Jones in Modernism and Christianity (Palgrave, 2014) and in the edited volume Broadcasting in the Modernist Era (Bloomsbury, 2014).

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