Content

Each student will be expected to be familiar with a general overview of the English spiritual writers of this period and also to undertake the study of four specific writers from among them. The scope of the study will include authors: Thomas More, John Fisher, Austin Baker, Richard Challoner, Evelyn Underhill, C.S. Lewis; poets John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, G.M. Hopkins, T.S. Eliot and R.S. Thomas; and also some Australian poets including Judith Wright and Les A. Murray.

Unit code: DS3142C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Situate each of the authors to his/her context

2.

Evaluate the extent to which each has been influenced by his/her religious and social context

3.

Analyse how a particular author relates to the overall development of theological and spiritual understanding

4.

Theorise and reflect on the abiding value of a particular author’s work

5.

Compare and contrast the work of one particular author in relation to other works of that period

Unit sequence

60 points at Levels 1 and 2 Christian Spirituality

Indicative Bibliography

  • Countryman, L. William. The Poetic Imagination, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2000.
  • Cunningham, Lawrence S. Christian Spirituality. Themes from the Tradition. New York: Paulist, 1996.
  • Dryer, Elizabeth A., ed. Minding the Spirit. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2005.
  • Dupré, Louis, and Saliers, Don E., eds. Christian Spirituality Post Reformation and Modern. New York: Crossroad, 1996.
  • Flood, Gavin. The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Holder, Arthur. Christian Spirituality: The Classics. New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • Ker, I. The Catholic Revival in English Literature. Indiana: Notre Dame University Press, 2003.
  • Mursell, Gordon. English Spirituality. 2 vols. London: SPCK, 2001.
  • Nichols, Aidan. Spirituality for the Twenty First Century. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2003.
  • Saint-Laurent, George E. Catholic Spirituality in Focus. St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 2007.
  • Sheldrake, Philip. A Brief History of Spirituality. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.
  • Wright, Wendy M. The Essential Spirituality Handbook. Liguori, MO: Liguori Publications, 2009.
  • Woods, Richard, and Peter Tyler, eds. The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality. London: Bloomsbury, 2012. __

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay

Essay: 4,000 words

4000 80.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Weekly seminar notes (equivalent of 1,000 words for the semester)

1000 20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-09 15:39:02 +1000