Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Mathhew Lamb

Second Advisor

Robert Boyle

Third Advisor

Joseph A. Bracken

Fourth Advisor

William J. Kelly

Fifth Advisor

Daniel C. Maguire


The following dissertation arose out of the Theology and Society Program offered by the Theology Department at Marquette University. This program allowed me to combine the disciplines of Theology and English Literature which I had studied separately up to that time. It was in the con­text of the TAS Program that my doctoral courses enabled me to form an interdisciplinary approach to the role of symbol as fundamental in expressing divine and human mystery. In particular, the Christian symbolic imagery of baptism emerged as foundational to an understanding of the religious and poetic consciousness and to a proper understanding of the interrelationship between theology and literature.



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