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"Sara Dowse, speaking out of a Jewish context, in ... informal reflections on the place of religion in her art, gives voice to the issue of women's spirituality and the difficulty of finding or expressing it in a secular and technocratic culture. She discusses the process of writing fiction as a way, for her, of discovering a religious sensibility." (Introduction)
Presents the argument that discursive writing cannot handle the dimensions of living faith. "The scholar can present the bare bones, it is the privilege of the novelist to flesh out the bones and sensitise the reader...."
Rowe speaks about the competing demands in his own life of religious and intellectual orthodoxy and creative practice. He reflects on his own recent experiences of Buddhism and the place of poetry in his life. (Introduction)