Transformations in Biblical Literary Traditions
Incarnation, Narrative, and Ethics--Essays in Honor of David Lyle Jeffrey
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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The editors wish to express their appreciation to Mrs. Katherine Jeffrey for her assistance in providing biographical information and suggestions in the course of preparing the introduction. Oxford University Press kindly gave permission for our use of a version from Eleonore Stump’s Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (2010). We also thank...
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Assembling a group of essays in honor of a colleague is always an untidy process. Even when the essays fall within a relatively similar purview of interest, such a project necessarily involves a broad range of expertise. The same sort of collection becomes untidier still when the subject of honor is himself accomplished in a broad array of subjects. This is the proud plight...
Part I: European Biblical Cultures: Interventions in Traditions
Chapter 1: Latin Pedagogy and Ethical Endsin the “Royal Grammar” (1542)
Phillip J. Donnelly
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In People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture, David Jeffrey points out that contemporary critical theory and practice typically misrepresent Christian understandings of textual interpretation. This misrepresentation arises from a tendency to reduce all interpretation to an opposition between a belief in either the presence of complete meaning...
Chapter 2: “Propter nos” and Paradise Lost: Reading and Inhabiting “This Pendent World”
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When I was a young Milton scholar embarking on my first academic job, a valued colleague and former teacher gave me a collection he had just published, which opened with a chapter titled “The Self and the Book: Reference and Recognition in Medieval Thought.”1 That essay, by David Lyle Jeffrey, thenceforth informed my scholarly interests, including those related...
Chapter 3: Books and Their Readers: Visual Storytelling in the Copenhagen Ovide moralisé
K. Sarah-Jane Murray, Tyler F. Walton
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Like Dante’s Divine Comedy, the Ovide moralisé (Moralized Ovid) in verse occupies a strategic place in the intellectual tradition of Western Europe. We assume it to be the work of a single poet (probably a Franciscan friar) who was educated at, or at least maintained close ties with, the University of Paris.1 An inscription at the beginning of MS Paris BNF fr. 24306 indicates it...
Chapter 4: Backing into the Future: Romanticism, Secularization, and the Reinvention of Literature
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In his Third Critique, Kant assumes that literature—and specifically poetry—is naturally the premier art form, encapsulating in essence all the other arts. Here is what he says about poetry:
It expands the mind by setting the imagination at liberty and by offering within the limits of a given concept, amid the unbounded variety of...
Chapter 5: Did Napoleon Exist? An Episode in the History of Exegesis
John V. Fleming
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To begin an essay honoring the editor of the Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature with the observation that the Bible has had a large impact on the shape of English literature would perhaps be both vain and otiose. More fruitful, perhaps, would be an attempt to achieve some increment, however modest, in our understanding of the “literary” impact...
Chapter 6: The Nouvelle Humanism of Henri de Lubac and G.K. Chesterton
Ralph C. Wood
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Soon after I first met David Jeffrey in 1997, he told me a curious story about his various encounters with Jacques Maritain while he was working on his doctorate at Princeton. Then ensconced at the Institute for Advanced Study, Maritain would occasionally notice Jeffrey bearing copies of Henri de Lubac’s work in his arms, especially his magisterial four-volume...
Chapter 7: “A Brother Helped by a Brother”: Friendship and the City in the Fiction of the Inklings
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“A brother helped by a brother is like a strong city” (Prov. 18:19 RSV). I take my cue from this striking passage in the Book of Proverbs in order to examine how the notion of a polity built on the foundation of friendship, first advanced by Aristotle, is translated and expanded in a biblical context to include not only the relation between fellow citizens but also between...
Part II: Dissemination of Biblical Traditions: West and East
Chapter 8: Revelation of the Word: “What’s at Stake” in the Study of the Bible and English Literature
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Students in the always challenging graduate seminars of David Lyle Jeffrey at the University of Ottawa, where I was fortunate to study with him in the mid-1990s, will fondly recall, or in some cases nervously attempt to forget, the persistent repetition of an apparently simple question: “What’s at stake?” Never more than briefly flabbergasted by our characteristically...
Chapter 9: The Bible in Canada and the United States
Mark A. Noll
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David Lyle Jeffrey’s illuminating scholarship on scripture in Western culture has only rarely touched on themes closest to his homes in Canada and the United States. Those rare occasions include perceptive essays on how the Bible and more general Christian themes have functioned for the notable Canadian writers Rudy Wiebe and Margaret...
Chapter 10: Samson and Self-Destroying Evil
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It is a pleasure to participate in honoring David Jeffrey, whom I have known and honored for many years. His work has great range, as well as depth and creativity; but I especially admire his work on biblical texts and his willingness to employ a range of methodologies in scholarship on those texts. The philosophical and literary investigation of the biblical narrative...
Chapter 11: Medieval Biblical Drama in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Chester Plays in Afterlife
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In the late 1990s Mark Dornford-May and Charles Hazelwood, artistic and musical directors, respectively, of London’s Broomhill Opera, went to South Africa with the goal of forming an indigenous theatrical company. Under the auspices of the South African Academy of the Performing Arts, Dornford-May and Hazelwood auditioned nearly two thousand people...
Chapter 12: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Religion in China
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The interaction between literature and religion has attracted the attention of Chinese scholars in recent years. I became interested and involved in this area because of the friends I met at conferences on literature and religion. David Jeffrey is one of those friends, and he later greatly supported the momentum of projects of this kind in China, such as the editorial work of the...
Chapter 13: Friend and Guide: Professor David L. Jeffrey and China
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It is my great pleasure to contribute to this collection of essays in honor of
Professor David L. Jeffrey, a longtime friend and guide in my work as a
teacher and scholar in the Department of English at Peking University.
I met David in fall 1994 at the Yenching International Symposium on Western Literature and Christianity. This was one of the first international...
Bibliography of David Lyle Jeffrey’s Published Works
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Theresa Coletti is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Naming the Rose: Eco, Medieval Signs, and Modern Theory (Cornell, 1988), Mary Magdalene and the Drama of Saints: Theater, Gender, and Religion in Late Medieval England (Pennsylvania, 2004), and over fifty articles and reviews in edited collections and...
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Page Count: 368
Illustrations: 8 halftones
Publication Year: 2014
Series Title: ND Studies in Ethics and Culture
Series Editor Byline: O. Carter Snead