The Free Mind: Essays and Poems in Honour of Barry Spurr


The Free Mind: Essays and Poems in Honour of Barry Spurr

Edited by Catherine A. Runcie  (Edwin H. Lowe Publishing 2016)

For over forty years, Barry Spurr has created a significant body of work in English literary scholarship, spanning a wide range of fields from Early Modern literature to contemporary Australian poetry. Barry Spurr is acknowledged as a leading scholar in the fields of religious literature and liturgical language, most notably in the works of Renaissance poet John Donne, the Modernist poet T.S. Eliot, and the language and literature of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. He was appointed by the University of Sydney as Australia's first Professor of Poetry and Poetics, and holds a notable reputation as a teacher and mentor to students, and as a friend to peers and colleagues. He has also been notable as a public intellectual, with a particular interest in the role of literature in the modern education system, and the role of the humanities in the modern university.

This book is a collection of scholarly papers, contemplative essays and poems, written or contributed in honour of Barry Spurr. The Festschrift's contributors include his former teachers and mentors, his students and colleagues, and includes scholars and public intellectuals in his fields of scholarship or public interest. This Festschrift is a very fine collection of poetry, public discourse and literary criticism, on topics ranging from the works of William Shakespeare, to John Milton, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, and Wilfred Owen, in addition to scholarship on liturgical language and religious and literary philosophy.

Contents (Select to view Author or Preview Essay)

Catherine A. Runcie - Foreword

G.A. WilkesThe Strategy of Shakespeare's Sonnets

David Brooks - Shakespeare's Moral Wisdom and Political Insight: Dual Power in Coriolanus

David Daintree - "Pour forth thy fervours for a healthful mind": Pagan and Christian Views of Courage

Jonathan Mills - State of the Arts

Stephen McInerney - Four Sonnets - 'The Back Window, Kiama', 'How Calm The Harbour', 'A Short Walk At Dusk, Forest of Dean', 'Were The Window Frosted'

Kevin Hart - Eliot's Rose-Garden: Some Phenomenology and Theology in "Burnt Norton"

Bradley M. Wells - The Call of Canterbury: The Festival Plays of T.S. Eliot and Charles Williams (1935-1936)

Robert Gray - 'The Sea-Wall' (poem)

Stephen Gaukroger - Knowing Oneself and the Aesthetic Shaping of Character: German Romantic Anthropology

Jennifer Gribble - Do Not Forget: Memory and Moral Obligation in Little Dorrit

Lyn Ashcroft - A Reading of Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

Christine Townend - 'The Lizard' (poem)

David Jasper - Liturgy and Language

Garry W. Trompf - Calumniation and Payback Theory: Wars of Words in the Breakdown of the Warrior Ethos

Ivan Head - Two Poems - 'Pie Apocalypse', 'The Lark Ascending'

Ivan Francis Head - An Introduction to St Philip Neri

John Bunyan - The Pen of a Ready Writer:The Psalms of Myles Coverdale

John Bunyan - 'Spurred On' (poem)

Carole M. Cusack - The Cultic Milieu in Australia: Deviant Religiosity in the Novels of Carmel Bird

Geoffrey Lehmann - 'Small Child and Art Installation' (poem)

Michael Warren Davis - The Future of the Humanities

Henry Cooper - The Supervisor - Student Relationship

Karina Hepner - O Where Are the Sounds? Inviting Poetry Back into the Lives of Learners

Devika Brendon - 'Imagery for the End of the Day' (poem) 

List of Contributors - Mini-biographies

Publication Date: May 25 2016
ISBN/EAN13: 0994168217 / 9780994168214
Page Count: 334
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Literary Criticism / Modern / General

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