Review: Contemporary Literary Theory: A Christian Appraisal

Contemporary Literary Theory: A Christian Appraisal
Contemporary Literary Theory: A Christian Appraisal by Clarence Walhout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book serves as a wonderful introduction to contemporary trends in literary theory for the Christian audience. The authors, leading academics in their fields, treat each school of literary criticism, ranging from deconstructionism to Marxism to feminism and more, in a fair and fascinating way. Each is first explained on its own terms and then considered from the Christian perspective; the respective authors draw from each those aspects which can be appropriately applied to the literary criticism of a Christian while critiquing those aspects that cannot be so applied. The result is a balanced and insightful work.

I recommend this book for any Christian interested in expanding their knowledge of literary theory as well as for anyone, Christian or not, interested in the historical developments in Christian literary interpretation as well as how Christians apply their theology to this field today and what their relationship is with other currents in academia.

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