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Cultivating belief : Victorian anthropology, liberal aesthetics, and the secular imagination

Author: Sebastian Lecourt
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores how a group of Victorian liberal writers that included George Eliot, Walter Pater, and Matthew Arnold became attracted to new theories of religion as a function of race and ethnicity. Since the early modern period, British liberals had typically constructed religion as a zone of personal belief that defined modern individuality and interiority. During the 1860s, however, Eliot, Arnold, and other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version :
(OCoLC)1002112954
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sebastian Lecourt
ISBN: 9780192540584 0192540580 9780191850332 0191850330
OCLC Number: 1030303246
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--Yale University.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Cultivating Belief: Victorian Anthropology, Liberal Aesthetics, and the Secular Imagination; Copyright; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Introduction: Victorian Anthropology and Victorian Secularity; VICTORIAN ANTHROPOLOGY AND RELIGION SUI GENERIS; RELIGION, RACE, AND THE CULTIVATED SELF; 1: The Rubicon of Language: Max Müller, Evangelical Anthropology, and the History of True Religion; JAMES PRICHARD AND THE POLITICS OF MONOGENESIS; MAX MÜLLER, LANGUAGE, AND HUMAN SPIRITUAL AGENCY; POLYGENESIS AND THE ILLIBERAL IMAGINATION EVOLUTION AND THE DIVORCE OF COMPARATIVE RELIGION FROM ANTHROPOLOGY2: Arnoldian Secularism: Race and Political Theology from Celtic Literature to Literature and Dogma; THE BROAD CHURCH, AESTHETIC LIBERALISM, AND THE USES OF POLYGENESIS; HEBRAISM, HELLENISM, AND CULTURE; RELIGION AND THE VEXATIONS OF UNIVERSALISM; LATE ARNOLD: REAPPRAISING HOMOGENEITY; 3: History's Second-Hand Bookshop: Self-Cultivation and Scripturality in George Eliot's Daniel Deronda and The Spanish Gypsy; ELIOT, RELIGION, AND THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL TURN; RACE AND THE MEDIATION OF SCRIPTURE; ELIOT'S ETHNOGRAPHIES OF READING MANY-SIDEDNESS, THE BILDUNGSROMAN, AND THE PREDICAMENT OF GENDER4: A More Liberal Surrender: Aestheticism, Asceticism, and Walter Pater's Erotics of Conversion; RENAISSANCE, SURVIVALS, AND AESTHETIC CULTURE; MARIUS THE EPICUREAN AND CONVERSION AS SURVIVAL; PATER'S AESTHETIC ASKESIS; MANY-SIDEDNESS AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF DISSENT; 5: National Supernaturalism: Andrew Lang, World Literature, and the Limits of Eclecticism; FOLKLORE THEORY FROM RACE TO EVOLUTION; LANG, PRIMITIVISM, AND MANY-SIDED POPULISM; THE ROMANTICISM OF SURVIVALS AND THE NEW DIFFUSIONISM; YEATS'S OCCULT UNIVERSALISM
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