Throughout history the motif of ‘the Fall’ has impacted upon our understanding of theology and philosophy and has had an influence on everything from literature to dance. Fall Narratives brings together theologians, historians and artists as well as philosophers and scholars of religion and literature, to explore and reflect on a wide range of concepts of the Fall. Bringing a fresh understanding of the nuanced meanings of the Fall and its various manifestations over time and across space, contributions reflect on the ways in which the Fall can be seen as a transition into absence; how conceptions of the Fall relate to, change, and shape one another; and how the Fall can be seen positively, embracing as it does a narrative of hope.
Part I Body and Space: Physical and Figurative Falls
EMMA COCKER and CLARE THORNTON
Part II Fall as Absence
ELIZABETH S. DODD
Part III Intertextual Falls: Across Time and Texts
Part IV Fall as Ascent
EMILY CADDICK BOURNE and CRAIG BOURNE