Book launch hosted by the Division of English

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14 Apr 2023 03.00 PM - 04.40 PM HSSSEM RM 3 (HSS B1-10) Alumni, Current Students, Industry/Academic Partners, Prospective Students, Public

The Division of English is proud to be able to host the book launch of two excellent academic monographs by our faculty members: Christopher Trigg’s To Walk the Earth Again: The Politics of Resurrection in Early America and Richard Barlow’s Modern Irish and Scottish Literature: Connections, Contrasts, Celticisms, both published by Oxford University Press this year.

Christopher Trigg

To Walk the Earth Again: The Politics of Resurrection in Early America
Oxford University Press, 2023
The conviction that believers would rise again, in bodily form, after death, shaped early modern Protestant attitudes toward personal and religious identity, community, empire, progress, race, and the environment. In To Walk the Earth Again, Christopher Trigg explores the political dimension of Anglo-American Protestant writing about the future resurrection of the dead, examining texts written between the seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries. Reading histories, epic poetry, funeral sermons, and scientific tracts alongside works of eschatological exegesis, Trigg challenges the conventional scholarly assumption that Protestantism’s rejection of purgatory prepared the way for the individualization and secularization of Western attitudes towards mortality. By taking the beliefs of early modern Protestants seriously, Trigg unfolds new perspectives on their mutually constitutive visions of earthly and resurrected existence.


Richard Barlow

Modern Irish and Scottish Literature: Connections, Contrasts, Celticisms 
Oxford University Press, 2023

Modern Irish and Scottish Literature: Connections, Contrasts, Celticisms explores the ways Irish and Scottish literatures have influenced each other from the 1760s onwards. Although an early form of Celticism disappeared with the demise of the Celtic Revivals of Ireland and Scotland, the ‘Celtic world’ remained a key theme in central texts of Irish and Scottish literature well into the twentieth century. Richard Barlow examines the emergence, development, and transformation of Celticism within Irish and Scottish writing and identifies key connections between modern Irish and Scottish authors and texts. By reading works from figures such as James Macpherson, Walter Scott, Sydney Owenson, Augusta Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Fiona Macleod, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley MacLean, and Seamus Heaney in their political and cultural contexts, Barlow provides a new account of the characteristics and phases of literary Celticism within Romanticism, Modernism, and beyond.