Sacramental Poetics at the Dawn of Secularism: When God Left the World (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Schwartz, Regina

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Synopsis: Sacramental Poetics at the Dawn of Secularism asks what happened when the world was shaken by challenges to the sacred order as people had known it, an order that regulated both their actions and beliefs. When Reformers gave up the doctrine of transubstantiation (even as they held onto revised forms of the Eucharist), they lost a doctrine that infuses all materiality, spirituality, and signification with the presence of God. That presence guaranteed the cleansing of human fault, the establishment of justice, the success of communication, the possibility of union with God and another, and love. These longings were not lost but displaced, Schwartz argues, onto other cultural forms in a movement from ritual to the arts, from the sacrament to the sacramental. Investigating the relationship of the arts to the sacred, Schwartz returns to the primary meaning of "sacramental" as "sign making," noting that because the sign always points beyond itself, it participates in transcendence, and this evocation of transcendence, of mystery, is the work of a sacramental poetics.

About the Author: Regina Mara Schwartz is Professor of English at Northwestern University, where she teaches literature, religion, and law. She is the author of Remembering and Repeating: On Milton's Theology and Poetics (1988), winner of the James Holly Hanford Book Award, and The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism (1997), which was nominated for a Pulitzer.

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