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Postmodern belief : American literature and religion since 1960

Author: Amy Hungerford
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Series: 20/21 (Princeton, N.J.)
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How can intense religious beliefs coexist with pluralism in America today? Examining the role of the religious imagination in contemporary religious practice and in some of the best-known works of American literature from the past fifty years, Postmodern Belief shows how belief for its own sake--a belief absent of doctrine--has become an answer to pluralism in a secular age. Amy Hungerford reveals how imaginative
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Hungerford
ISBN: 9780691135083 0691135088 9780691145754 069114575X
OCLC Number: 457772931
Description: xxi, 194 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Belief in meaninglessness --
Believing in literature : Eisenhower, Salinger, St. Jacques Derrida --
Supernatural formalism in the sixties : Ginsberg, chant, glossolalia --
The Latin mass of language : Vatican II, Catholic media, Don DeLillo --
The Bible and illiterature : Bible criticism, McCarthy and Morrison, illiterate readers --
The literary practice of belief : lived religion, Marilynne Robinson, Left behind --
Conclusion: The end of The road, devil on the rise.
Series Title: 20/21 (Princeton, N.J.)
Responsibility: Amy Hungerford.

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Shortlisted for the 2011 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Textual Study of Religion "Postmodern Belief offers keen insights for the serious reader regarding current writers Read more...

 
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