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 five specific writers from among them. The scope of the study will include: 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: DS9142C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Situate each of the authors to his/her context


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


Analyze the extent to which a particular author relates to the overall development of theological and spiritual understanding


Critically evaluate the abiding value of the author’s work


Demonstrate a capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

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.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

5500 word essay

5500 80.0

Weekly seminar notes (equivalent of 1,500 words for the semester)

1500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-30 14:25:15 +1000