Abstract

Abstract:

The influence of Anglican culture and theology on the development of John Betjeman’s poetic and spiritual imagination has been the subject of a good deal of recent scholarly attention. However, an affinity for Protestant Nonconformity is an unexpected secondary Christian influence in his poetry and prose. This essay seeks (1) to explore the various ways in which the dissenting tradition, both mainstream and marginalized, appears in his work, from cultural appreciation to gothic humor, from spiritual anxiety to theological acceptance; (2) to reconcile these contradictory attitudes toward Protestant Nonconformity; and (3) to assess its significance in the development of his literary imagination.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2056-5666
Print ISSN
0148-3331
Pages
pp. 225-256
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-04
Open Access
No
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