God and Self in the Confessional Novel

Authors: Sykes, John

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  • Draws on novels from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century
  • Examines theological, historical, and philosophical influences on confession
  • Considers confession and guilt both within and outside religious constructs
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God and Self in the Confessional Novel explores the question: what happened to the theological practice of confession when it entered the modern novel?  Beginning with the premise that guilt remains a universal human concern, this book considers confession via the classic confessional texts of Augustine and Rousseau. Employing this framework, John D. Sykes, Jr. examines Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground, Percy’s Lancelot, and McEwan’s Atonement to investigate the evolution of confession and guilt in literature from the eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century.

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John D. Sykes, Jr. is the Mary and Harry Brown Professor of English and Religion at Wingate University, USA.  He is the author of Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and the Aesthetic of Revelation (2007) and has published widely in the field of theology and literature.

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“Sykes’s God & Self in the Confessional Novel is a useful resource for those interested in the religious dimensions of the modern confessional novel or who have an interest in the lasting legacy of Augustine’s or Rousseau’s Confessions. Even with the missed opportunities of exploring the ethical implications of confession beyond the novel, this book gives scholars and students of theology and literature much to ponder.” (Lauren D. Sawyer, Reading Religion, readingreligion.org, January, 2018)
“This is a deeply engaged, psychologically and theologically astute study of the genre of confessional autobiography in modern and post-modern literature. Cogently argued and lucidly written, it offers a compelling perspective on representative major works of fiction, extraordinarily illuminating because it takes the ‘long view’ of their evolution, reaching back to Augustine and tracking emerging conceptions of the self through Montaigne and Rousseau to our own ‘selfie’ culture. This is a wonderfully useful work of scholarly reflection. I heartily recommend Sykes’ study to all who study or teach the modern novel.” (David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities, Baylor University, USA and author of People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture, 1996)

“Both erudite and accessible, this engaging study will appeal to a wide range of scholars and students. Sykes convincingly establishes the deep architectonics of the confessional novel by situating it in relation to the legacies of Augustine and Rousseau. He is equally attentive to the complexities of literary history and of individual fictions, presenting incisive new readings of major works by Goethe and Dostoevsky as well as representative twentieth-century and contemporary authors.” (Farrell O'Gorman, Professor of English, Belmont Abbey College, USA, and author of Catholicism and American Borders in the Gothic Literary Imagination, 2017)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
God and Self in the Confessional Novel
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91322-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91322-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91321-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08224-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 157
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