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A World Abandoned by God: Narrative and Secularism

by Susanna Lee

Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Pages: 200
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780838756096






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Overview of A World Abandoned by God: Narrative and Secularism

The idea of God, in one form or another, is a fundamental part of human experience - a given, almost. And yet, for over one hundred and fifty years, we have lived in a world become increasingly secular. The goal of this book is to reconcile these facts, or rather to examine their interaction and, in so doing, to understand the idea and the experience of secularism. Concentrating on five canonical French and Russian novels of the nineteenth century (Stendahl's The Red and the Black, Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Ivan Turgenev's A Nest of Gentry, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's Bewitched, and Fyodor Dostoevsky's Demons) and using the instruments of narrative theory, this book offers a critical foundation for understanding both the evolution of secular culture and the new role of the individual in modern ethical, political and spiritual contexts.

Synopsis of A World Abandoned by God: Narrative and Secularism

The idea of God, in one form or another, is a fundamental part of human experience - a given, almost. And yet, for over one hundred and fifty years, we have lived in a world become increasingly secular. The goal of this book is to reconcile these facts, or rather to examine their interaction and, in so doing, to understand the idea and the experience of secularism. Concentrating on five canonical French and Russian novels of the nineteenth century (Stendahl's The Red and the Black, Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Ivan Turgenev's A Nest of Gentry, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's Bewitched, and Fyodor Dostoevsky's Demons) and using the instruments of narrative theory, this book offers a critical foundation for understanding both the evolution of secular culture and the new role of the individual in modern ethical, political and spiritual contexts.

About the Author, Susanna Lee

Susanna Lee is associate professor of French at Georgetown University

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