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Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction (Making of the Christian Imagination) [Hardcover]

By Rowan Williams (Author)
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Written by Oxford scholar and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, provides a unique look at Dostoevsky's work and faith. Focusing on Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Devils, and The Brothers Karamozov, he argues that understanding Dostoevsky's style and goals as a writer of fiction is inseparable from understanding his religious commitments. 290 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.

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Rowan Williams explores the intricacies of speech, fiction, metaphor, and iconography in the works of one of literature's most complex, and most complexly misunderstood, authors. Williams' investigation focuses on the four major novels of Dostoevsky's maturity ("Crime and Punishment," "The Idiot," "Devils," and "The Brothers Karamozov"). He argues that understanding Dostoevsky's style and goals as a writer of fiction is inseparable from understanding his religious commitments. Any reader who enters the rich and insightful world of Williams' "Dostoevsky" will emerge a more thoughtful and appreciative reader for it.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Baylor University Press
Pages   285
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   1.32 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 14, 2008
Publisher   Baylor University Press
ISBN  1602581452  
ISBN13  9781602581456  

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Rowan Williams Rowan Williams was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury in February 2003. His previous positions include Archbishop of Wales, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Oxford and Dean of Clare College, Cambridge. He has taught theology for more than fifteen years in five continents, worked as a parish priest, and published widely. His previous publications include "Teresa of Avila" (1991), "Open to Judgment" (1994) and "Sergi Bulgakov" (1999).

Rowan Douglas Williams was born in Swansea, south Wales on 14 June 1950, into a Welsh-speaking family, and was educated at Dynevor School in Swansea and Christ's College Cambridge where he studied theology. He studied for his doctorate – in the theology of Vladimir Lossky, a leading figure in Russian twentieth-century religious thought – at Wadham College Oxford, taking his DPhil in 1975. After two years as a lecturer at the College of the Resurrection, near Leeds, he was ordained deacon in Ely Cathedral before returning to Cambridge.

Rowan Williams on his Graduation, Christ's College Cambridge, with Parents Aneurin and Delphine Williams, 1971From 1977, he spent nine years in academic and parish work in Cambridge: first at Westcott House, being ordained priest in 1978, and from 1980 as curate at St George's, Chesterton. In 1983 he was appointed as a lecturer in Divinity in the university, and the following year became dean and chaplain of Clare College. 1986 saw a return to Oxford now as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church; he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1989, and became a fellow of the British Academy in 1990. He is also an accomplished poet and translator.

Rowan Williams and Jane Paul on their Wedding Day, 1981In 1991 Professor Williams accepted election and consecration as bishop of Monmouth, a diocese on the Welsh borders, and in 1999 on the retirement of Archbishop Alwyn Rice Jones he was elected Archbishop of Wales, one of the 38 primates of the Anglican Communion. Thus it was that, in July 2002, with eleven years' experience as a diocesan bishop and three as a leading primate in the Communion, Archbishop Williams was confirmed on 2 December 2002 as the 104th bishop of the See of Canterbury: the first Welsh successor to St Augustine of Canterbury and the first since the mid-thirteenth century to be appointed from beyond the English Church.

Dr Williams is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding theological writer, scholar and teacher. He has been involved in many theological, ecumenical and educational commissions. He has written extensively across a very wide range of related fields of professional study – philosophy, theology (especially early and patristic Christianity), spirituality and religious aesthetics – as evidenced by his bibliography. He has also written throughout his career on moral, ethical and social topics and, since becoming archbishop, has turned his attention increasingly on contemporary cultural and interfaith issues.

As Archbishop of Canterbury his principal responsibilities are however pastoral – leading the life and witness of the Church of England in general and his own diocese in particular by his teaching and oversight, and promoting and guiding the communion of the world-wide Anglican Church by the globally recognized ministry of unity that attaches to the office of bishop of the see of Canterbury.

His interests include music, fiction and languages.

In 1981 Dr Williams married Jane Paul, a lecturer in theology, whom he met while living and working in Cambridge. They have a daughter and a son.

Rowan Williams was born in 1950.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Russian
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > General

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Dostoevsky fan? read this  May 3, 2010
Dostoevsky teaches psycology better than any. This new book studies motives of child abuse, unmotivated violence,culture clash,national identity, still modern problems. R. Williams able to show that "belief and unbelief are alike rather than 'either' to conclude an argument or to take refuge in the unfathomable of subjectivity." Challenges are truth, freedom (possibility of choice) and responsibility of others.
Dostoevsky; Language Faith and Fiction  Jul 16, 2009
This is an excellent read. It is my second copy to purchase ... for others to read. Rowan Williams excells in providing a wonderful window on Dostoevsky's reasons for writing. The dialogical engagement between characters and reader is intentional and demanding. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a must read for those who wish to engage with Dostoevsky, for those who wish, who need, to be confronted by life and faith.
Thank you Archbishop Rowan Williams and Dostoevsky
Extremely smart and very profound  Nov 23, 2008
This book is clear, intelligent and quite serious. The author writes more like a philosopher than a literary critic, appropriate for Dostoevsky's highly charged, philosophically oriented themes.
Along the way Williams present a profound account of the reality of spiritual life. While he and Dostoyevsky are tied into Christianity, a person with any kind of spiritual concern could learn a great deal from this.
(My own background in these matters includes several books and articles on contemporary religious life and spirituality.)

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