The English Spiritual Tradition B:
The Modern Period


Rev. Prof. Austin Cooper omi AM Not offered in 2020
Each student will be expected to be familiar with a general overview of the English spiritual writers of this period and also to undertake the study of five specific writers from among them. The scope of the study will include: Thomas More, John Fisher, Austin Baker, Richard Challoner, Evelyn Underhill, C.S. Lewis; poets John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, G.M. Hopkins, T.S. Eliot and R.S. Thomas; and also some Australian poets including Judith Wright and Les A. Murray.




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • weekly seminar notes (1,500 words) 20%
  • one 5,500-word essay 80%


  • Countryman, L. William. The Poetic Imagination: An Anglical Spiritual Tradition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2000.
  • Dryer, Elizabeth A. and Mark Burrows, eds. Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2005. 
  • Holder, Arthur. Christian Spirituality: The Classics. New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • Ker, Ian. The Catholic Revival in English Literature, 1845 – 1961: Newman, Hopkins. Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 2003.
  • Mursell, Gordon. English Spirituality. 2 vols. London: SPCK, 2001. 
  • Nichols, Aidan. A Spirituality for the Twenty First Century. Huntington, NY: Our Sunday Visitor, 2003.
  • Saint-Laurent, George E. Catholic Spirituality in Focus: Eight Themes of Mind and Heart. St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 2007.
  • ———. Spirituality: A Brief History. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
  • Wright, Wendy M. The Essential Spirituality Handbook. Liguori: Liguori, 2009.
  • Woods, Richard, and Peter Tyler, eds. The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality. London: Continuum, 2012.