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England's Secular Scripture: Islamophobia and the Protestant Aesthetic

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


Publication date08/2011
Place of publicationLondon
Number of pages146
ISBN (Print)9780826433213
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameNew Directions in Religion and Literature


This book interrogates the relations between Reformation ideas of plain style, the
coupling of simplicity with a hermeneutic transparency (as expressed in simple
Englishness in Victorian and early twentieth-century literature), and the visceral aversion
to the non-simple expressed in Islamophobia in contemporary England.
1. The English Reformation: Spenser, Milton and the Protestant Aesthetic
2. Secularizing the Protestant Aesthetic: Wordsworth, Eliot and Hardy
3. Contemporary Englishness and the Protestant Aesthetic
4. English Dispositions and Islamophobia