(p. xv) Preface
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Planning, co-ordinating and editing a volume containing fifty essays from an international community of scholars was never going to be an easy task, especially since the project has involved negotiating and charting the relationship between two disciplines. The selection and ordering of topics in this book was often hard-fought and the editors must take full responsibility both for those included and omitted.
Although the volume adopts a largely chronological approach, it has not been designed as a history, nor for that matter, a comprehensive work of reference. Rather, the contributors were invited to address key moments and developments in the mutual engagement of theology and literature, and they were given considerable freedom to shape their response to this challenge as they wished. The result is a volume which amply demonstrates the productive diversity of approach called forth when experts in their various fields are invited to engage in interdisciplinary study.
Our thanks go to Hilary O'Shea of Oxford University Press, with whom initial conversations took place. During the course of the book's development, we have been helped and encouraged in every way by the editorial wisdom of Lucy Qureshi and Dorothy McCarthy, together with Jenny Wagstaffe. We are grateful also to the Institute for Historical and Cultural Research at Oxford Brookes University for providing us with funds and resources to work together as editors during the summer of 2005.