• Sacred Ground: Orthodoxy, Poetry and Religious Change

    Author(s):
    Jamie Callison (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Subject(s):
    Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965, Modernism (Literature), Religion, Religion and literature, Spiritual retreats, Church of England, Tourism, Anglo-Catholicism, Lord's Supper, Museums
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/dp50-8f13
    Abstract:
    This chapter uses the example of the twentieth-century retreat movement to challenge several assumptions about the relationship between secularisation and literary modernism. It shows how institutional religions – in this case of the Church of England – responded to processes of religious change at work through the first half of the twentieth century. The silent retreats developed by the Anglo-Catholic Association for Promoting Retreats (APR) represent an attempt on the part of institutional religion to draw on (and to draw in) the contemporary interest in mysticism and spirituality and to provide it with a religious home within the church. The development of a new religious practice, namely the rise of mass participation in lay retreat, is considered alongside developments in twentieth-century religious poetry as represented by T. S. Eliot’s 'Four Quartets'. The chapter argues that transformations in religious orthodoxy are as an important a development in the emerging relationship between modernism and religion as the rise of new religions and the well-documented prominence of no religion.
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