1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - gender theory/queer theory/psychoanalysis
2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides - formalism/narrative theory
3. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - historicism/poststructuralism
4. Possession by A. S. Byatt - narrative theory/feminism/poststructuralism
Here are some selected quotes from the article:
Embodied Theology occurs when a religiously devout writer, composer, or artist incarnates faith in the very form and fabric of his or her work. Literature, for instance, can be about some doctrine or belief; it can also enact it. . . . Embodied Theology is an implicit, rather than an explicit, expression of belief. It is subtle and integral. . . .
This concept of embodiment is not limited to a profound expression of theology. . . . the academic study of literature will not kill a really robust talent. In fact, truly elastic genius can turn abstraction into story. There are, I discovered, ways of creating Embodied Literary Theory. . . . [Possession]is all the more complex because the characters themselves realize that they are in a story with a certain shape, and they accept the narrative inevitability of their final acts—in this tale—with a scholar’s delight in accuracy. . . .
So for those who worry that studying the material you love will strip it of its pleasure, take heart! If it is indeed the field for you—and if you are for it—its pleasures are endless. From the panic of youthful encounters to the intellectual joys of mastery, the material you love will reward you. You can consume it or create it—or both, at once.Please read the whole article and leave me a comment! Thanks.