Pearl-divers of the Apocalypse: Christina Rossetti’s The Face of the Deep

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    This paper explores the rhetoric of surfaces and depths (familiar from her poetry) in Christina Rossetti's commentary on the Apocalypse The Face of the Deep (1892). The motives for such an undertaking are threefold: to observe the ways in which a rhetoric of textual depth masks conditions of production, while those very conditions are precisely what produce a depth-effect on the textual surface, to consider the nature of the distinction between the ‘face’, to a text and its ‘deep’, to increase familiarity with a little-read, but highly rewarding work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-39
    Number of pages15
    JournalLiterature and Theology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


    • Christina Rossetti
    • women writers
    • apocalypse
    • interpretation


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