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Joseph William Sterrett

Sacred Text – Sacred Space: Architectural, Spiritual and Literary Convergences in England and Wales

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This book is not designed to define the sacred. It is, rather, a bringing together of case histories (a rich, varied collection from medieval, early modern and nineteenth-century contexts in England and Wales) that goes beyond familiar paradigms to explore the dynamic, protean interaction, in different times and places, between sacred space and text. Essentially an interdisciplinary enterprise, it focuses a range of historical and critical methodologies on that complex process of transformation and transmission whereby spiritual intuitions, experiences and teachings are made palpable ‘in art and architecture, poetry and prayer, in histories, scriptures and liturgies, even landscapes. So the sacred, variously constructed and inscribed, makes itself felt ‘on the pulse’; is a presence, a voice even now not stilled.

"Sacred text – Sacred space is a fascinating collection, in which a series of absorbing insights into specific moments when space and text jointly established a sense of the sacred are woven subtly into a compelling narrative about how concepts of the sacred have altered between the early medieval period and the twentieth century."

--Chloe Kathleen Preedy, Lady Cavendish College, Cambridge
    Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3, 2012, 391-3.

Preface by Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
Joseph Sterrett (Aarhus University)
Madeleine Gray (University of Wales, Newport)
Thomas Pickles (The University of York)
Roy Eriksen (The University of Agder, Norway)
Laura Varnam (University College, Oxford)
Richard Wilson (Cardiff University)
Helen Wilcox (Bangor University)
Graham Parry (The University of York)
Peter Thomas (Cardiff University)
Dennis Taylor (Boston College, USA)
William Whyte (St. John’s College, Oxford)
Susanna Avery-Quash (The National Gallery)
Allan Doig (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford)
Patrick Sherry (Lancaster University)

Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationLeiden/Boston
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers, Incorporated
Number of pages380
ISBN (Print)9789004202993
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
SeriesStudies in Religion and the Arts

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