Adam's Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature by Denis Donoghue

By Denis Donoghue

W. B. Yeats's poem "Adam's Curse" presents Donoghue with motif and incentive. In Genesis God says to Adam: "Because thou hast harkened unto the voice of thy spouse, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, announcing, Thou shalt now not consume of it: cursed is the floor for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou devour of all of it the times of thy life." Yeats placed it this fashion: "It is sure there isn't any advantageous factor / due to the fact Adam's curse yet wishes a lot labouring." according to a talk he had together with his cherished Maud Gonne and her sister Kathleen, Yeats's poem thinks approximately how tricky it really is to be appealing, to write down nice poetry, to like. In his Erasmus Lectures, Donoghue thinks in regards to the lasting problems excited by knowing, and residing with, cultural, literary, and spiritual values which are in stressed relation to each other. On those and similar issues, Donoghue enters into dialog with numerous writers, a few of them-John Crowe Ransom, Hans Urs von Balthasar, William Lynch, Alasdair MacIntyre, Emmanuel Levinas, Andrew Delbanco, and Robert Bellah-signaled by means of the titles of the seven lectures. Into the thematic house recommended by way of each one of those titles Donoghue invitations different writers and sages to hitch the conversation-Henry Adams, William Empson, John Milbank, Czeslaw Milosz, Seamus Heaney, Gabriel Josipovici, and plenty of extra. The "talk," as you could count on, retains coming round to the studying of particular literary texts: passages from Paradise misplaced, Stevens's "Esthétique du mal," fiction through Gide and J. F. Powers and J. M. Coetzee, to call just a couple of. In ADAM'S CURSE, Donoghue brings his specific intelligence to undergo on a few of the intersections the place faith and literature provocatively meet.

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