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date: 27 June 2019

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In this chapter the author explores the influence of the Oxford Movement on the early Pre-Raphaelite movement in English aesthetics and reveals how the gifted poet Christina Rossetti used the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s aesthetic in her poetry and devotional prose to inform and disseminate key elements of Oxford Movement theology during the later nineteenth century. The chapter provides a close analysis of the religious themes in Rossetti’s writings and shows how her poetry engages dialogically with the writings of the leaders of the Tractarian Movement in London, contributing to the maturation of their ideas, particularly in the Tractarian understanding of personhood.

Keywords: Church space, God’s revelation, John Keble, John Everett Millais, personhood, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, providence, redemption, Ritualism, Christina Rossetti

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