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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): 109–130.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Jefferson J. A. Gatrall Throughout the nineteenth century, dozens of authors across Europe and the United States—including Honoré de Balzac, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ivan Turgenev, and Rainer Maria Rilke—gave fictional form to the figure of Jesus. This...
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Novel (1 August 2019) 52 (2): 284–303.
Published: 01 August 2019
... power of belief in fiction. But belief is not a monolithic term in Coetzee's late work, nor does his disposition toward it remain static. This article examines two texts that display a related yet evolving concern with faith and belief— Elizabeth Costello (2003) and The Childhood of Jesus (2013). These...
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Novel (1 August 2004) 37 (1-2): 209–211.
Published: 01 August 2004
... larger critical and theoretical questions. Considering, for example, the young Mary Ann Evans's interpolation of the phrase "like fragments of granite" into her transla- tion of David Friedrich Strauss's Life of Jesus, Hertz notes Evans's own characterization of this addition as "impudent," but...
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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): iii–iv.
Published: 01 May 2009
... Jesus in European and American fiction. gauri viswanathan is Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She is the author of Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India and Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief. She is currently writing a book...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 159–163.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Blood and much of her subsequent fiction, O’Connor creates “poor white outcasts, misfits, and once-armed men” who do the “rough work of salvation” in the masks of dark Jesuses (91). Rather than rely on black characters, as Faulkner does, O’Connor makes Jesus into the ultimate racial cross-dresser...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 19–22.
Published: 01 May 2012
...” is a being in a constant sense of flux, worked on by what it reads as much as by any other form of experience. “What Can Read- ing Do?” has affirmative echoes, in its very cadence, of the upbeat push toward virtuous existence of “What Would Jesus Do?” But I want to encourage us to think...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 133–136.
Published: 01 May 2017
... that Augustine would no longer recognize.) Pecora's last and longest chapter is a thoroughgoing study of the work of Coetzee, addressing almost all of his published fiction and offering a detailed reading of his most recent novel, The Childhood of Jesus (2013), set on the fictional island of...
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Novel (1 May 2004) 38 (1): 5–20.
Published: 01 May 2004
... reading Walt here as a Christ figure. The situation in which Jesus Christ made such a sensation was also one of "absolute sinfulness": this is the meaning of the passage in Matthew's gospel where Jesus tells his followers: "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 333–353.
Published: 01 November 2011
...; for while he starved us, he stuffed them. (52) Douglass cites another instance in which Christianity provided a useful justifica- tion, as Auld whips a slave while citing Jesus’s line, “He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes” (53). Harriet...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 431–436.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., which would make me almost suppose that the religious opinions of the people of England had undergone some sudden change; and that instead of bowing before the name of Jesus, we were preparing to revive the worship of Moloch” (Ball 2: 420). His formulation, in which the cruelty of the war is...
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Novel (1 August 2006) 39 (2): 204–220.
Published: 01 August 2006
... patriotism that reinforces national ideals. So, while it is subversive on one hand, the portrait is as conformist as Tom's emulation of Jesus on the other. Ironically, whereas whites imitated blacks through blackface, Tom is imitating white culture by blackening George Washington. But if the...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 344–362.
Published: 01 November 2015
... in Jesus, Blessed Sleep,” Turtle is both a subject of grace and marked for death (236). Turtle never does show up for her job in the morning; she is drawn into a drug-fueled gang murder instead, and her concluding violence is less a willed malevolence than an acquiescence—not the primacy of the...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 165–185.
Published: 01 August 2011
... Saviour Jesus Christ, an Heroic Poem Dedicated to Her Most Sacred Majesty, in Ten Books . 2nd ed. London : Motte , 1697 . Robinson Crusoe as Defoe’s Theory of Fiction Kevin Seidel Nine months alone on his island and terrified that the sickness he was...
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Novel (1 May 2005) 39 (1): 48–74.
Published: 01 May 2005
... the intimacy of the preacher-that give Dinah's sermon its discomfiting effectiveness within her circle of listeners. Dinah believes in visible manifestations of Jesus (31), and ar- gues that the poor in particular need to cultivate their awareness of God's grace, to work against their...
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Novel (1 May 2013) 46 (1): 26–49.
Published: 01 May 2013
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Novel (1 May 2000) 34 (1): 28–55.
Published: 01 May 2000
... Gospel in commercial terms" (Spring 39). Thus, Evangelical writers and preachers employed phrases such as, "to close with the offerof God in Christ" or "to acquire a saving interest in the Blood of Jesus" (qtd. in Spring 39). This economic and spiritual equation cut both ways, as it also lent a...
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Novel (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 257–275.
Published: 01 August 2012
... had just stepped out of a bandbox” [91 while Billy’s first-person passages graphically capture the violence he witnessed (“Jesus I never knew that did you/the nerves shot out/the liver running around there . . .” [8 The colloquy of these voices captures the classic antinomies of the frontier...
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Novel (1 May 1999) 33 (1): 32–50.
Published: 01 May 1999
... radically brotherly content of Jesus's teachings and a renovated conception of God's justice as "a living active harmony of intelligences and wills throughout his world" (27). The author of Middlemarch shared intellectual and social contexts with both men. Though George Eliot privately termed...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 103–121.
Published: 01 May 2015
... line that stretches back through Jesus to Abraham's offering. The simile “like a lamb” relates the end of Disgrace to these “events,” and the various, sedimented meanings of figure are drawn out in the scene. For the simile is itself a figure in the rhetorical sense, “an image, similitude” (“figure...
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Novel (1 August 2000) 33 (2): 212–234.
Published: 01 August 2000