CFP: The Bible in Nineteenth Century British Literature and Thought (1/15/06; journal issue)

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Frédéric Slaby
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The Bible in the Nineteenth Century: the Word and its Re-Wordings in Bristish Literature and Thought:


The Bible has played a significant part in British culture since the Reformation. It has been a major reference not only in the field of religious experience but also, more broadly, in artistic expression and intellectual reflection. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Evangelical Revival thus placed the Scriptures at the heart of religious practices and certain Romantics reasserted the importance of the Bible in renewing its reading.


Every era, however, and perhaps even every author, appropriates the Bible in its own particular way and, consequently, the interpretation of the Bible may be subjected to a variety of influences due to intellectual developments as well as the evolution of society. What characterises the nineteenth century is the importance of social changes (notably a growing population and the industrial revolution), as well as an enthusiastic, all-embracing intellectual energy which radically transformed existing views on the Scriptures. Science and philosophy, for instance, discussed Man's place in nature, his origin and his destiny. Artists and writers who were inspired by their reading of Biblical texts were led to deal with them in a way that was different from previous generations. As the years went on, new controversies emerged about the authority of the Bible and the question of its inerrancy.


It is therefore interesting to raise the question of the relationship between culture in the broad sense of the term (including literature, philosophy, science, theology, etc.) and the Bible. Following the LISA volumes devoted to "Re-Writings" I and II, this issue will be concerned less with the specifically religious matters then at stake than with the analysis of the evolution of the relationship between the Word and its Re-Wordings in nineteenth-century British literature and thought.


Co-ordinators of this issue: Christophe Duvey, Elise Ouvrard, Frederic Slaby.


Please send your proposals (one A4 page maximum) before January 15, 2006, to:

Elise Ouvrard ( or Frederic Slaby (


Authors are requested to include a short bio-bibliography.

As regards presentation norms, please follow the submission guidelines which appear on the LISA e-journal website (


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