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Beauty, utility and Christian civilisation: war memorials and the Church of England, 1940-47

This article examines responses of the institutional Church of England to the issue of memorials to the Second World War. It explores the debates concerning the relationship between beauty, utility and the notion of "Christian civilisation", particularly with regard to the reconstruction of bombed churches. It argues that debates among interested clergy and others within the wider cultural "establishment" over the future form of memorials was more lively than has often been supposed hitherto. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in 'Forum for Modern Language Studies' following peer review.

Webster, Peter (2008) Beauty, utility and Christian civilisation: war memorials and the Church of England, 1940-47. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 44 (2). pp. 199-211.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords:Church of England, religious art, religious architecture, war memorials, George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, City of London
Divisions:Institute of Historical Research > Publications Department
Collections:IHR Publications department staff research papers
Deposited By:Repository Administrator
Date Deposited:08 Oct 2010 11:40
Last Modified:08 Aug 2011 12:11
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