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Breakfast Briefing This Week: Postsecular Reading and the Novel


with Dr Mark Knight

Tuesday 20/11/2018 9.30-10.30 FASS MR1

For much of the twentieth-century, the decline of religion in modernity was thought to be inevitable and the emergence of the novel was seen as a handmaid of secularisation. Since the so-called religious turn in the humanities at the start of the twenty-first century, however, critics have asked more questions about the secularisation thesis, with the term postsecular emerging as one productive way of registering a more complex account of religion and the secular in modernity. In this talk I explore the implications of the postsecular for our critical histories of the novel and, more generally, our reading of English Literature.

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