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date: 25 September 2020

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In looking at the Victorians in the context of the development of ‘literary’ modes of understanding theology, this article presents a generic organization that highlights the way in which literary form shapes theological meaning. The second section of the article explores the novel, which became the dominant literary form during this period. Victorian poets also provide an account of the age's engagement with Christianity. The third section focuses primarily on the dramatic monologue, perhaps the single-most-important literary invention of an age when the theatre itself is widely regarded as having undergone a relatively barren time. The point of the dramatic monologue, the discussion argues, is that it explores the particular significance of a particular individual's experience of religion in a particular place and time.

Keywords: literature, theology, theological meaning, Victorian poets, Christianity, dramatic monologue

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