Rabbit (Un)Redeemed: The Drama of Belief in John Updike's Fiction

Rabbit (Un)Redeemed: The Drama of Belief in John Updike's Fiction

Rabbit (Un)Redeemed: The Drama of Belief in John Updike's Fiction

Rabbit (Un)Redeemed: The Drama of Belief in John Updike's Fiction

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This book approaches Updike's oeuvre by illuminating its ongoing, pervasive conflict between faith and doubt. Concentrating on a trio of Olinger stories, the Rabbit Angstrom tetralogy, In the Beauty of the Lilies, and Rabbit Remembered and dramatizing most emphatically Updike's career-spanning dialogue with his complexly fragile religious beliefs, Bailey interprets the Rabbit saga as fictionalized spiritual autobiography in which, through imposing Harry Angstrom's perceptual limitations upon his own stylistic gifts, Updike set himself the toughest trial of his ethical and aesthetic creed of the spirit-affirming capacities of human perception and expression.
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