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 four specific writers from among them. The scope of the study will include authors: 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


second level
  • weekly seminar notes (1,000 words) 20%
  • one 3,500-word essay 80%
third level
  • weekly seminar notes (1,000 words) 20%
  • one 4,000-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: 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.