Now almost forgotten, Oliver Chase Quick (1885-1944) was one of the foremost and most widely read British theologians of his day. Oliver Quick and the Quest for a Christian Metaphysic offers the first major study of his work, giving extensive attention to Quick's understanding of the task of theology, his christology, sacramental theology and doctrine of God. Expanding the narrative of twentieth-century historical theology, this book draws conclusions about longer-term shifts in English theology in the last century, making a particular case for the persistence and vitality of a philosophically oriented Anglican theology in the face of neo-orthodoxy and philosophical positivism. As such, it will be of interest to anyone studying currents in twentieth-century English theology, and its leading figures from the first half of the century as well as those with an interest in philosophical theology, systematic theology and Christian doctrine.
A Trip to Niagara; or, Travellers in America, a three-act comedy, opened at New York's Bowery Theatre on November 28, 1828, for a long run. Scripted and later published by William Dunlap (1766-1839), the so-called "father of the American stage," this play offers a bounty to theater historians, dramatic critics, and all those interested in the American culture during Dunlap's lifetime. This study explores the Bowery, the play's moving diorama, the text, and the playwright, and emphasizes their interrelationships. This analysis of A Trip to Niagara as a theatrical event joins hands with dramatic criticism. An annotated transcript of the play is helpfully provided in the appendix of the book. This study contends that had there been no moving diorama, there would have been no play. Since William Dunlap called his text a "running accompaniment," it should be analyzed in terms of this function. The play's few critics have failed to do this. Hence, the interplay of the moving diorama (and conventional scenic backdrops) with the plot and characters comprises another significant segment of this study. This book makes significant contributions to studies of antebellum American theater, the Nationalist Period in American culture, and William Dunlap.
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