The English Modernist Novel as Political Theology: Challenging the Nation (New Directions in Religion and Literature) (Hardcover)

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By Charles Andrews, Emma Mason (Editor), Mark Knight (Editor)
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Exploring novels by Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Evelyn Waugh, and Sylvia Townsend Warner as political theology - works that imagine a resistance to the fusion of Christianity and patriotism which fuelled and supported the First World War - this book shows how we can gain valuable insights from their works for anti-militarist, anti-statist, and anti-nationalist efforts today.

While none of the four novelists in this study were committed Christians during the 1920s, Andrews explores how their fiction written in the wake of the First World War operates theologically when it challenges English civil religion - the rituals of the nation that elevate the state to a form of divinity. Bringing these novels into a dialogue with recent political theologies by theorists and theologians including Giorgio Agamben, William Cavanaugh, Simon Critchley, Michel Foucault, Stanley Hauerwas and J rgen Moltmann, this book shows the myriad ways that we can learn from the authors' theopolitical imaginations.

Andrews demonstrates the many ways that these novelists issue a challenge to the problems with civil religion and the sacralized nation state and, in so doing, offer alternative visions to coordinate our inner lives with our public and collective actions.

About the Author


Charles Andrews is Professor of English at Whitworth University, USA.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781350362031
ISBN-10: 1350362034
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: February 8th, 2024
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: New Directions in Religion and Literature