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A Theology of Criticism: Balthasar, Postmodernism, and the Catholic Imagination

Michael P. Murphy


The turn of the millennium has brought with it a vigorous revival in the interdisciplinary study of theology and art. The notion of a Catholic imagination, however, as a specific category of aesthetics, lacks thematic and theological coherence. More often, the idea of a Catholic imagination functions at this time as a deeply felt intuition about the organic connections that exist among theological insights, cultural background, and literary expression. The book explores the many ways that the theological work of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988) provides the model, content, and optic for demo ... More

Keywords: Catholic imagination, Hans Urs von Balthasar, analogical imagination, Incarnation, literary criticism, critical theory, Trinity, trinitarian, personhood, postmodernism, sacramental, Flannery O'Connor, Lars von Trier, David Lodge, Walker Percy, William Everson, Denise Levertov, William Lynch, René Girard, David Tracy, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, theological aesthetics, Theodrama, Theo‐logic, love

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195333527
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael P. Murphy, author
University of San Francisco

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