The novel has been called 'the one secular genre'. Biblical Religion and the Novel, 1700-2000, engages with the way the history of the modern novel reflects an ongoing dialogue with religion despite, and even through, the process of secularization. It focusses especially on the role of biblical narratives as subtexts of modern and contemporary literature. The contributors consider a range of texts from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries by Fielding, BrontÃ«, Lawrence, Winterson, and Coupland, among others, to examine in different yet complementary ways the multiplicity of approaches that novelists have adopted to address religious concerns.
'… this volume is a valuable addition to recent work in the field… packed with suggestive approaches towards reading the novel through or in relation to religious discourse.' The Glass (Christian Literary Studies Group) ’This is a valuable collection.’ Heythrop Journal
Contents: The word in the word: an introduction, Mark Knight & Thomas Woodman; From novel to Bible: the aestheticizing of scripture, Stephen Prickett; The word in the novel: Bakhtin on Tolstoy and the Bible, Terence R. Wright; The novel and the Protestant fix: between melancholy and ecstasy, Valentine Cunningham; Tom Jones and Christian comedy, Thomas Woodman; The clue to the BrontÃ«s?: Methodism and Wuthering Heights, Emma Mason; A purely pure prayer would be deadly: religious discourse in the early novels of All the Year Round, Mark Knight; The minaret of myself: religion in the novels of D.H. Lawrence, Luke Ferretter; Will the real King David please stand up?: unauthorized versions of the King David Story in three post-war Jewish novels, David Brauner; Discarding God's handbook: Winterson's Oranges are not the only Fruit and the tension of intertextuality, Anita Gnagnatti; Opening the literal: spirituality in Updike and Ford, Martin Corner; I am your witness: Douglas Coupland at the end of the world, Andrew Tate; Index.