Dr. Alan Jacobs, who has written two books - A Theology of Reading and The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, believes that when it comes to reading, theology and pleasure have a good deal in common. The task of this talk is to explain how they are connected: when they can be at odds, and when they can exist in graceful harmony.
Jacobs is the Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. His most recent books are The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Oxford University Press, 2011) and a critical edition of W. H. Auden's long poem The Age of Anxiety (Princeton University Press, 2011). He has also published three collections of essays, and works of literary theory, biography, theology and cultural history. He has written for a range of periodicals, including The American Scholar, Books & Culture, First Things, and The Oxford American. Jacobs is a native of Alabama and a 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama; he earned his doctorate in 1987 from the University of Virginia. He has been teaching at Wheaton College since 1984.
Speaker(s): Dr. Alan Jacobs
Date: March 6, 2012
Location: Cullen Hall
Length: 75 mins