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Something Old, Something NewContemporary Entanglements of Religion and Secularity$
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Wayne Glausser

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190864170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190864170.001.0001

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Christians and Adversaries in the Evolving Norton Anthology of English Literature

Christians and Adversaries in the Evolving Norton Anthology of English Literature

Old-Time Religion and the New Academic Market

(p.71) Chapter 4 Christians and Adversaries in the Evolving Norton Anthology of English Literature
Something Old, Something New

Wayne Glausser

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines fifty years of evolving annotations in the influential Norton Anthology of English Literature. As editors provide information about canonical works that aim to present Christian truth—like The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost—they find themselves entangled with an increasingly secular literary world. Notes from earlier editions tend to reflect the perspective of a Christian insider; later editions gradually revise these notes to reflect a more secular literary landscape and to attract the broadest possible audience. The chapter studies these effects by focusing on three “adversaries” to Christianity (as seen by many traditional Christians): Milton’s Satan, Islam, and queer sexuality. Later editions of Norton secularize the anthology by excising or revising notes that endorse or privilege Christian beliefs, but the new notes are not belief-neutral in any simple sense.

Keywords:   Norton Anthology, Longman Anthology, M. H. Abrams, Stephen Greenblatt, Milton’s Satan, Islam, queer sexuality, Gerard Manley Hopkins

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