RENASCENCE: Special Issue on Marshall McLuhan

26Jan12

Renascence Mast Head

The literary journal where McLuhan spoke to a Catholic audience, RENASCENCE: Essays on Values in Literature, has published its Fall 2011 double-issue, Vol LXIV, No. 1, which is devoted to Marshall McLuhan.

Guest Editor’s Page…………………………………………………………………………..Mark Stahlman 3

The Place of Marshall McLuhan in the Learning of His Times…………..Mark Stahlman 5

On Renaissances………………………………………………………………………………..Eric McLuhan 19

McLuhan, Renascence, and the Catholic Revival……………………………Arnold J. Sparr 31

The Medium Is the Messiah: McLuhan’s Religion & its Relationship to Media Theory . ……………………………………………………………………………………….Read Mercer Schuchardt 43

Marshall McLuhan, John Pick & Gerard Manley Hopkins…………..Cameron McEwen 55

Thinking Trivially About Radical Orthodoxy……………………………Benjamin Robertson 77

Selected Contributions to Renascence……………………………………H. Marshall McLuhan 89

Eliot and the Manichean Myth as Poetry……………………………..H. Marshall McLuhan 125

Bibliography of Marshall McLuhan’s Publications to Renascence……………………………135

Notes on Contributors…………………………………………………………………………………………….137

Between 1949 and 1962, Marshall McLuhan contributed 36 essays and reviews to the Catholic literary journal Renascence, published at Marquette University, sat on its editorial board and delivered two speeches at its Symposia. As the name implies, Renascence was originally the journal of the Catholic Renascence Society, which began in 1939 at a key point in the Catholic cultural revival in the US.

McLuhan spent his formative intellectual years, along with his colleague Walter J. Ong, at St. Louis University, which was an epicenter of that revival.

This Centenary Tribute is the first extended attempt to understand McLuhan’s work in the context of his Catholic Faith. He formally converted to Catholicism in 1937, at the age of 25, and remained a devout communicant for the rest of his life. In addition to the six original essays in this volume, ten of McLuhan’s contributions to the journal are being reprinted and his important 1954 speech “Eliot and the Manichean Myth as Poetry” is being published for the first time.

McLuhan scholarship and particularly his intellectual biography requires a careful analysis of the cultural origins of this highly original thinker. Hopefully this special double-issue of Renascence, published to honor the 100th anniversary of his prairie Canadian birth, will contribute to the expansion and revival of that scholarship. Many thanks to those who have so richly donated their time and efforts to this Tribute.

Copies of this Tribute can be purchased from Renascence for $16 (US addresses) or $18 (non-US addresses) with postage included (payment must be in US funds only) by emailing the journal at renascence@marquette.edu. Supplies are limited.

Renascence is at http://www.marquette.edu/renascence/special.html but this issue is not available online.

 

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3 Responses to “RENASCENCE: Special Issue on Marshall McLuhan”

  1. Alex:

    Thanks for running this! Actually, since his “official” conversion happened in May 1937, a few months before his 26th birthday, McLuhan was still 25. That said, he had clearly made the commitment *earlier* (as reflected in his published letters from 1935), so the most “accurate” age for his loife-long choice of Catholicism is probably more like 22 or 23.

    Best,

    Mark Stahlman
    Brooklyn NY


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