Choosing Community

Action, Faith, and Joy in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers

Hansen Lectureship Series

by Christine A. Colón

Choosing Community
  • Length: 150 pages
  • Published: October 15, 2019
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5374-8
  • Item Code: 5374

Few writers in the twentieth century were as creative and productive as Dorothy L. Sayers, the English playwright, novelist, and poet. Her justly renowned works include detective fiction featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, theological reflections, literary criticism, and her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.

Among the prominent themes of her work was the need for and challenges of developing community. Sayers, who was herself an active member of various writing groups throughout her lifetime, offers her readers visions of both fractured and harmonious communities.

In this third volume in the Hansen Lectureship Series, Christine Colón explores the role of community in Sayers's works. In particular, she considers how Sayers offers a vision of communities called to action, faith, and joy, and she reflects on how we also are called to live in community together.

The Hansen Lectureship series offers accessible and insightful reflections by Wheaton College faculty members on the transformative work of the Wade Center authors.


Introduction: Walter Hansen
1. Dorothy L. Sayers's Vision for Communities of Action
Response: Tiffany Eberle Kriner
2. Dorothy L. Sayers's Vision for Communities of Faith
Response: Andy Mangin
3. Dorothy L. Sayers's Vision for Communities of Joy
Response: Bryan T. McGraw
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


Christine A. Colón (PhD, University of California at Davis) is professor of English at Wheaton College. She is the author of Joanna Baillie and the Art of Moral Influence and Writing for the Masses: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Victorian Literary Tradition. She is also the coauthor of Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church.

BY Christine A. Colón

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