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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Is it possible to write an artistically respectable and theoretically convincing religious novel in a non-religious age?

Up to now, there has been no substantial application of theological criticism to the works of Hugh MacLennan and Morley Callaghan, the two most important Canadian novelists before 1960. Yet both were religious writers during the period when Canada entered the modern, non-religious era, and both greatly influenced the development of our literature. MacLennan’s journey from Calvinism to Christian existentialism is documented in his essays and seven novels, most fully in The Watch that Ends the Night.

Callaghan’s fourteen novels are marked by tensions in his theology of Catholic humanism, with his later novels defining his theological themes in increasingly secular terms. This tension between narrative and metanarrative has produced both the artistic strengths and the moral ambiguities that characterize his work.

Faith and Fiction: A Theological Critique of the Narrative Strategies of Hugh MacLennan and Morley Callaghan is a significant contribution to the relatively new field studying the relation between religion and literature in Canada.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
  2. pp. v-v
  1. Hugh MacLennan
  2. pp. v-v
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  1. Morley Callaghan
  2. pp. v-v
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  1. I: A THEORETICAL INTRODUCTION: FAITH AND FICTION
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. 1. The Problem of Faith
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 2. The Problem of Fiction
  2. pp. 4-8
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  1. 3. Faith and Canadian Fiction: MacLennan and Callaghan
  2. pp. 8-14
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  1. II: HUGH MACLENNAN
  2. pp. 15-15
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. 2. Barometer Rising
  2. pp. 21-25
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  1. 3. Two Solitudes
  2. pp. 25-30
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  1. 4. The Precipice
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. 5. Each Man's Son
  2. pp. 38-43
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  1. 6. The Watch That Ends the Night
  2. pp. 43-51
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  1. 7. Return of the Sphinx
  2. pp. 51-57
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  1. 8. Voices in Time
  2. pp. 57-63
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  1. 9. Conclusion: "codified theology"
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. III: MORLEY CALLAGHAN
  2. pp. 65-65
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 65-73
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  1. 2. Naturalistic novels: Strange Fugitive, It's Never Over, A Broken Journey
  2. pp. 73-80
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  1. 3. Biblical parables: Such Is My Beloved, They Shall Inherit the Earth, More Joy in Heaven
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. 4. Sinner-saints: The Loved and the Lost, The Many Colored Coat, A Passion in Rome
  2. pp. 92-102
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  1. 5. The law of love: A Fine and Private Place, Close to the Sun Again
  2. pp. 103-111
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  1. 6. The truth of the story: A Time for Judas, Our Lady of the Snows, A Wild Old Man on the Road.
  2. pp. 111-123
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  1. 7. Conclusion: "the irreducible mysteriousness of life"
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. IV: A SPECULATIVE CONCLUSION: FICTION AND FAITH
  2. pp. 125-130
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  1. WORKS CITED
  2. pp. 131-138
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 139-146
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