12/02/2014 Making the World Bearable: Ulrich Simon on Sophocles and Job

Professor David Jasper
(University of Glasgow)

This paper explores a significant moment in the development of interdisciplinary scholarship in Literature and Theology through a consideration of the theological challenges faced in the early 1980’s. It demonstrates how scholars such as Simon attempted to frame a response to the experiences of the Second World War that acknowledged human tragedy before the face of God. Such a theological venture, reliant upon the witness of poetics, is always bound to ‘fail’ but is nevertheless necessary and courageous. It presents many challenges to contemporary theological agendas.

First published: 17 October 2014