Download PDF by Denis Donoghue: Adam's Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature

By Denis Donoghue

W. B. Yeats's poem "Adam's Curse" presents 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 no longer consume of it: cursed is the floor for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou consume of all of it the times of thy life." Yeats positioned it this manner: "It is bound there isn't any tremendous factor / due to the fact that Adam's curse yet wishes a lot labouring." in accordance with a talk he had along with his cherished Maud Gonne and her sister Kathleen, Yeats's poem thinks approximately how tricky it really is to be appealing, to jot down nice poetry, to like. In his Erasmus Lectures, Donoghue thinks in regards to the lasting problems concerned with knowing, and dwelling with, cultural, literary, and non secular values which are in stressed relation to each other. On those and similar 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 by means of the titles of the seven lectures. Into the thematic house prompt by means 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 it's possible you'll count on, retains coming round to the studying of particular literary texts: passages from Paradise misplaced, Stevens's "Esthétique du mal," fiction by means of Gide and J. F. Powers and J. M. Coetzee, to call just a couple of. In ADAM'S CURSE, Donoghue brings his specified intelligence to undergo on a few of the intersections the place faith and literature provocatively meet.

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