ADEY, Lionel. b. Wednesbury, near Birmingham, UK, 4 January 1925. Adey took his undergraduate degrees at Birmingham University, and his PhD in English at the University of Leicester. He taught in grammar schools at Sheffield and Leicester until he accepted a teaching post at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, in the Canadian centennial year, 1967.
Adey has written two ground-breaking studies on the function of hymns in literature: Hymns and the Christian Myth (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1986); and Class and Idol in the English Hymn (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1988). In the first book he tracks the telling, in hymns, of the Christian ‘myth’...
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