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The Resource Secularization Without End : Beckett, Mann, Coetzee, Vincent P. Pecora

Secularization Without End : Beckett, Mann, Coetzee, Vincent P. Pecora

Label
Secularization Without End : Beckett, Mann, Coetzee
Title
Secularization Without End
Title remainder
Beckett, Mann, Coetzee
Statement of responsibility
Vincent P. Pecora
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Secularization without End: Beckett, Mann, Coetzee, Vincent P. Pecora elaborates an alternative history of the twentieth-century Western novel that explains the resurgence of Christian theological ideas. Standard accounts of secularization in the novel assume the gradual disappearance of religious themes through processes typically described as rationalization: philosophy and science replace faith. Pecora shows, however, that in the modern novels he examines, "secularization" ceases to mean emancipation from the prescientific ignorance or enchantment commonly associated with belief and signifies instead the shameful state of a humanity bereft of grace and undeserving of redemption. His book focuses on the unpredictable and paradoxical rediscovery of theological perspectives in otherwise secular novels after 1945. The narratives he analyzes are all seemingly godless in their overt points of view, from Samuel Beckett{u2019}s Murphy to Thomas Mann{u2019}s Doktor Faustus to J. M. Coetzee{u2019}s The Childhood of Jesus. But, Pecora argues, these novels wind up producing varieties of religious doctrine drawn from Augustinian and Calvinist claims about primordial guilt and the impotence of human will. In the most artfully imaginative ways possible, Beckett, Mann, and Coetzee resist the apparently inevitable plot that so many others have constructed for the history of the novel, by which human existence is reduced to mundane and meaningless routines and nothing more. Instead, their writing invokes a religious past that turns secular modernity, and the novel itself, inside out.--Provided by publisher
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pecora, Vincent P.
Dewey number
809/.93382
Index
index present
LC call number
PN3351
LC item number
.P43 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Yusko Ward-Phillips Lectures in English Language and Literature
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fiction
  • Secularism in literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Secularization (Theology)
  • Fiction
  • Religion and literature
  • Secularism in literature
  • Secularization (Theology)
Label
Secularization Without End : Beckett, Mann, Coetzee, Vincent P. Pecora
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Secularization and the history of the novel -- Martin Heidegger, John Calvin, and Samuel Beckett -- Thomas Mann, Augustine, and the "Death of God" -- The ambivalent puritan: J.M. Coetzee -- Conclusion: Reading in the afterlife of the novel
Control code
898029332
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 214 pages
Isbn
9780268038991
Lccn
2014047516
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)898029332
Label
Secularization Without End : Beckett, Mann, Coetzee, Vincent P. Pecora
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Secularization and the history of the novel -- Martin Heidegger, John Calvin, and Samuel Beckett -- Thomas Mann, Augustine, and the "Death of God" -- The ambivalent puritan: J.M. Coetzee -- Conclusion: Reading in the afterlife of the novel
Control code
898029332
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 214 pages
Isbn
9780268038991
Lccn
2014047516
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)898029332

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