Michael has a scholarly interest in the English Novel from
Jane Austen to Margaret Atwood.
This period includes the transition from Classicism, to Romanticism, to Modernism and its Posts.
One characteristic of this literary novel is the relationship between the literature of ideas and the history of ideas.
In Philosophy, consider a parallel in the transition from Kant, to Hegel, to Nietzsche, to Derrida.
In Theology, consider a parallel in the transition from Deism, to Theism, to Atheism, to Agnosticism.
To varying degrees, each author of a literary novel is historicized and historicizing. They interact with, and occasionally react against, the spirit of their age.
Essentially, readers are looking at the author looking.
Sometimes readers cannot see what the author sees.
Sometimes authors cannot see what the reader sees.
Literature and Religion
Jewish and Christian Relations
1983-1986 BA, 1988-1989 MLitt
University of New England
Sydney College of Divinity, St Paul's Seminary
University of Western Australia