Spirituality and literature

Authored by: Rita Ghesquière

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138214675
eBook ISBN: 9781315445489
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The human being is a storytelling animal. Language and stories belong to the most human characteristics of our species. In all cultures, people invented stories to formulate an answer for fundamental questions like “Where do we come from and where do we go?” In myths and legends, they fathomed the mystery of nature, trying to get an insight in what overwhelms people. Literature is a colorful myriad of texts and genres, each with their own tone and expression. Novels and short stories connect the inward-looking world of emotions with the broader context of society; plays often focus on inner conflicts due to personal choices or a clash of interests; while poems give an expression to the inexpressible whether astonishment, amazement, love or grief.

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