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Biblical Sterne: Rhetoric and Religion in the Shandyverse
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Biblical Sterne: Rhetoric and Religion in the Shandyverse (Hardback)

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Is Laurence Sterne one of the great Christian apologists? Ryan Stark recommends him as such, perhaps to the detriment of the parson's roguish reputation. The book's aim, however, is not to dispel roguishness but rather to discern the theological motives behind Sterne's comic rhetoric, from Tristram Shandy and the sermons to A Sentimental Journey. To this end, Stark reveals a veritable avalanche of biblical themes and allusions to be found in Sterne, often and seemingly awkwardly in the middle of sex jokes, and yet the effect is not to produce irreverence. On the contrary, we find an irreverently reverent apologetic, Stark argues, and a priest who knows how to play gracefully with religious ideas. Through Sterne, in fact, we might rethink humour's role in the service of religion.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Fiction & PoetryReligious & spiritual fiction Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 11/02/2021 ISBN-13: 9781350177789  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ryan Stark is Associate Professor of Humanities at Corban University. He is the author of Rhetoric, Science, and Magic in Seventeenth-Century England (2009) and co-editor-with Tina Skouen-of Rhetoric and the Early Royal Society (2015). He has also published numerous essays on Renaissance and Enlightenment thought.

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