Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Tuesday, August 03, 2021 12:30 am by M. in , , , ,    No comments
A new Brontë-related paper has just been published:
Ecological Apocalypse in the Poetry of Patrick and Emily Brontë
by Simon Marsden
Religions 2021, 12(7), 546; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12070546

This essay considers relationships between nature, ecology and apocalypse in the poetry of Patrick Brontë (1777–1861) and Emily Brontë (1818–1848). It argues that though Patrick’s poetry emphasises the spiritual benefits of human connection with the natural world, his apocalypticism leads him to see no eschatological future for the natural world. Emily’s poetry is more attentive to destruction and violence in the natural world, but it also offers an eschatological vision of a future in which all of creation participates. Reading Emily’s poetry in theological conversation with that of her father, this essay argues that Emily reinterprets Patrick’s evangelical apocalypticism in the light of her understanding of God as the eternal source of all finite being. Drawing on a theological view of creation as God’s eternal relationship with the earth, Emily suggests that meaningful eschatological hope can be located only in a future in which the whole of creation participates with the human.

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