Of Mirth and Misery: Some Literary and Theological Reflections

Speaker(s): Sharon Jebb Smith
Date: June 1 2011
Length: 66 min
Product ID: RGDL4100J

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What is the proper Christian response to the recent proliferation of "misery literature" which focuses on the depressing and morose, self pity and misery? What do the redemptive themes found in works by authors such as C.S. Lewis and Jane Austin offer that the gritty, realistic tales of "mis lit" lack? What does theology have to say to this dark trend which has grown in popularity? Sharon Jebb Smith examines three key theological concepts which characterize a Christian response: Joy, Laughter and Joviality.

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Sharon Jebb-Smith is a sessional Lecturer, Regent College. BA (Queen's University, Belfast), MCS (Regent College), PhD (University of St. Andrews). Sharon recently earned a PhD from The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, in St. Andrews, Scotland. This course comes out of that doctoral work.

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