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Title: We'll be amazed before we are halfway through
Author: Donaghay, Karen
ISNI:       0000 0004 5366 3924
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2014
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The first part of the thesis is a novel that examines aspects of religion in contemporary British society. Is it possible for atheists or agnostics to fInd sustenance in religious concepts and practices? Are there ways to embrace spiritual ideas without religious institutions and doctrines? Is secular society in the process of becoming a postsecular society? The novel takes Alcoholics Anonymous as its backdrop. The narrator, Nadine, is a recovering alcoholic trying to get to grips With AA's insistence that she find some kind of 'higher power' or a 'God of her understanding'. When she goes on a trip to Jerusalem to look for her missing father, the Holy City only raises further questions in her mind. The second part of the thesis is a contextualising essay that examines how contemporary fiction deals with the subject of religious experience. Many Western novels focus on the demise of traditional Christianity or are concerned with the rise of fundamentalism. However, other novels respond to religion in ways that are particularly relevant to postmodern society. My essay focuses on postsecular concerns with particular reference to Richard Keamey's Anatheism and Don DeLillo's White Noise. 111
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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