Enchanting the Disenchanted: The Role of Charles Williams' Talisman Novels in the Formation of Romantic Theology Public Deposited

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  • Hogan, Cynthia
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies
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  • Written during the interwar years in Europe, when such modernist authors as Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, and Huxley were active, Charles Williams' Christian novels, with their unshakable faith in the power of Christian love, stand in sharp contrast to the disillusioned and disenchanted themes of literary modernism. In this thesis, I offer a close reading of three of Williams' early novels, War in Heaven (1930), Many Dimensions (1931), and The Greater Trumps (1932), and explicate the complex literary imagery Williams uses to convey his simple Christian maxim that Love (i.e., Christ) is the ultimate force at work within an enchanted and animistic universe. Ultimately, I argue that these three novels, known as the "talisman novels," form an intertextual trinity through which Williams evolves his three principles of Substitution, Exchange, and Coinherence into his mature doctrine of Romantic Theology.
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  • Ochoa, Todd
  • Styers, Randall
  • Tyson, Ruel W.
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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