Category Archives: Religion and Literature

Happy birthday, H.P. Lovecraft!

By | August 20, 2018

H.P. Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890. To celebrate the 128th anniversary of his birth, Stephen Shapiro and Philip Barnard reflect on the legacy of his often controversial works. Should one feel embarrassed about reading H.P. Lovecraft’s weird fiction? Or worse, enjoying it? Or even worse, writing commentary on it? After decades of being categorized… Read More »

Black comics, electronic literature, religious poetry and more: Spring review highlights

By | April 11, 2018

Check out some recent reviews of Bloomsbury books and find your next read! Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation “The long-anticipated “Black Panther” film debuted in theaters on Feb. 17, and the response from critics and fans has been overwhelmingly positive. The movie earned $387 million in its opening weekend, which makes it the highest-grossing… Read More »

The Greatest Literary Moustaches!

By | November 21, 2012

It’s Movember and we love a good literary moustache. So much so, we’ve put together a collection of our all-time favourites! From the Walrus to the Mexican, and the Handlebar to the Horseshoe, it seems there is no end to the amount of creative facial topiary in the literary world… Something tells me Shakespeare set… Read More »

Ewan Fernie discusses The Faerie Queen

By | November 7, 2012

Ewan Fernie is the editor of our new book Redcrosse: Remaking Religious Poetry for Today's World – a new form of liturgy based on Spenser's epic poem The Faerie Queen. In the following extract from the Introduction to the book, Ewan talks about how powerful The Faerie Queen is today, and how Spenser's early modern… Read More »

Redcrosse: book launch on 17th November, Coventry Cathedral

By | November 6, 2012

We're delighted to announce that we will be launching our fantastic new book Redcrosse on Saturday 17th November, after the accompanying performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company, at Coventry Cathedral. All those who are attending the performance are invited – so do pop along for a drink and to hear from the editor of the… Read More »

Royal Shakespeare Company perform Redcrosse

By | October 4, 2012

Saturday November 17th, 7.30pm, Coventry Cathedral 'How do we think about identity in ways that don't reflect anxiety, fear of the other, uncritical adulation of our past and all the other pitfalls that surround this subject? The Redcrosse project manages to negotiate these difficulties with immense imaginative energy and honesty: no sour notes, no attempt… Read More »

The Power of the Word Conference 29th-30th June 2012, University of London

By | June 26, 2012

It's amazing how quickly conference season approaches here in the UK. We're attending lots of events throughout the summer, as well as sending flyers and materials to many others (do let me know if you are planning an event!). They always end up being a fantastic opportunity to network, meet new and existing authors, and… Read More »

In Conversation with Michael Lackey: Studying Nazi Christianity

By | June 8, 2012

Described as the 'Richard Dawkins of Literary Criticism' by Christopher Douglas (Associate Professor of English, University of Victoria), Michael Lackey is the author of our fascinating new book The Modernist God State in which he looks at the religious basis of modernist political movements. In this interview he reveals his experience of studying Nazi texts… Read More »

New Directions in Religion and Literature: Jo Carruthers on Englishness and Religious Identities

By | May 28, 2012

In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden the children sit in their newly restored garden, bursting to express their sense of celebration. Ben the gardener suggests they sing the Doxology hymn, even though ‘He had no opinion of the Doxology and he did not make the suggestion with any particular reverence’. The children imitate a… Read More »

In Conversation with John Schad: Walter Benjamin Revealed

By | May 3, 2012

John Schad is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Lancaster and author of our new fictional narrative The Late Walter Benjamin. 'Set partly in Watford and partly in the haunted wing of the English language' (Ian Macmillan, on BBC Radio 3's 'The Verb'), this documentary novel juxtaposes the life and death of Walter… Read More »