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A Theology of Criticism

Balthasar, Postmodernism, and the Catholic Imagination

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A number of critics and scholars have argued for the notion of a distinctly Catholic quality or character of imagination: not a matter of doctrine or even necessarily of belief, but a sensibility, a complex of intellectual, emotional, spiritual and ethical assumptions and proclivities that proceed from Catholic belief and constitute a stance towards reality that informs imaginative expression. In this book Michael Murphy brings to bear Hans Urs von Balthasar's
perspectives on theology and literary criticism to put this concept to the test and give it greater specificity and definition. The works examined range from fiction by such authors as Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and Jack Kerouac, to poetry from Denise Levertov and William Everson and the films of
Lars von Trier.
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Mark Bosco, Loyola University Chicago Michael Murphy's book is a singular contribution to the study of Hans Urs von Balthasar's theological enterprise. Murphy skillfully extends von Balthasar's aesthetic and dramatic concerns into a critical dialogue with postmodern assumptions about philosophy, theology, literature and the arts. Murphy argues, in effect, that von Balthasar offers both theologians and literary critics a path for doing "theological" criticism. Masterfully weaving his argument through
the works of Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, David Lodge, Denise Levertov, and Lars von Trier, Murphy demonstrates the vital link between theology and culture often missing in today's intellectual discourse.

Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, author of The Community of the Beautiful Michael Murphy has advanced the fields of theology and literary criticism with this marvelous look at the relevance of the great theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar to literary studies. More important, in the connections made between literature and the Catholic imagination, Murphy paves a road towards a twenty-first century critical reading of the religious import of literary fiction.

fiction, poetry, and film Michael Murphy's "A Theology of Criticism" is a remarkable and eye-opening book precisely because it fulfills the bold interdisciplinary promise of its title. It is at one and the same time an illuminating exposition of Balthasar's aesthetic theology and an equally illuminating explication of a number of modern texts

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<br>Michael Murphy earned his doctorate in theology and literature from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.<br>


1. Locating Difference: Theological Imagination, Narrative Expression, and Critical Discourse; 2. Hans Urs von Balthasar: Transmodernist; 3. Sacred Arrangements: Balthasar, OConnor, and The Glory of the Lord; 4. Breaking the Waves: The Cry that Finds the Ear of the Heart; 5. Therapy: No Creature Stands Alone Before God; 6. CODA: On the Theological Imagination