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New PDF release: Adam's Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature

By Denis Donoghue

ISBN-10: 0268020094

ISBN-13: 9780268020095

W. B. Yeats's poem "Adam's Curse" offers Donoghue with motif and incentive. In Genesis God says to Adam: "Because thou hast harkened unto the voice of thy spouse, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, asserting, Thou shalt now not devour of it: cursed is the floor for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou devour of all of it the times of thy life." Yeats placed it this manner: "It is sure there is not any nice factor / on account that Adam's curse yet wishes a lot labouring." in accordance with a talk he had along with his loved Maud Gonne and her sister Kathleen, Yeats's poem thinks approximately how tricky it truly is to be attractive, to jot down nice poetry, to like. In his Erasmus Lectures, Donoghue thinks in regards to the lasting problems concerned about knowing, and residing with, cultural, literary, and spiritual values which are in stressed relation to each other. On those and comparable concerns, Donoghue enters into dialog with quite a few writers, a few of them-John Crowe Ransom, Hans Urs von Balthasar, William Lynch, Alasdair MacIntyre, Emmanuel Levinas, Andrew Delbanco, and Robert Bellah-signaled via the titles of the seven lectures. Into the thematic area instructed by way of every one of those titles Donoghue invitations different writers and sages to hitch the conversation-Henry Adams, William Empson, John Milbank, Czeslaw Milosz, Seamus Heaney, Gabriel Josipovici, and lots of extra. The "talk," as you may anticipate, retains coming round to the interpreting of particular literary texts: passages from Paradise misplaced, Stevens's "Esthétique du mal," fiction through Gide and J. F. Powers and J. M. Coetzee, to call just a couple of. In ADAM'S CURSE, Donoghue brings his exact intelligence to undergo on many of the intersections the place faith and literature provocatively meet.

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