Rhetorics Of Religion In American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, And Fanaticism In The Age Of Terror by Liliana M. NaydanRhetorics Of Religion In American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, And Fanaticism In The Age Of Terror by Liliana M. Naydan

Rhetorics Of Religion In American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, And Fanaticism In The Age Of…

byLiliana M. Naydan

Hardcover | May 23, 2016

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Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction considers the way in which contemporaryAmerican authors address the subject of belief in the post-9/11 Age of Terror. Naydansuggests that after 9/11, fiction by Mohsin Hamid, Laila Halaby, Philip Roth, DonDeLillo, John Updike, and Barbara Kingsolver dramatizes and works to resolve impassesthat exist between believers of different kinds at the extremes. These impasses emergeout of the religious paradox that shapes America as simultaneously theocratic andsecular, and they exist, for instance, between liberals and fundamentalists, betweenliberals and certain evangelicals, between fundamentalists and artists, and betweenfundamentalists of different varieties. Ultimately, Naydan argues that these authorsfunction as literary theologians of sorts and forge a relevant space beyond or betweenextremes. They fashion faith or lack thereof as hybridized and hence as a negotiationamong secularism, atheism, faith, fundamentalism, and fanaticism. In so doing, theyinvite their readers into contemplations of religious difference and new ways ofmemorializing 9/11.
Liliana M. Naydan is assistant professor of English at Penn State Abington.
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Title:Rhetorics Of Religion In American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, And Fanaticism In The Age Of…Format:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9.29 × 6.21 × 0.75 inPublished:May 23, 2016Publisher:Bucknell University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments Introduction: The Paradox of Religion in America and American Literature Chapter 1: Uncertain Faith for Islamic Others after 9/11: Capitalist and Religious Fundamentalisms in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Laila Halaby's Once in a Promised Land Chapter 2: Beyond Religious, Atheistic, and Capitalist Fundamentalisms for Post-9/11 Jewish Others: The Rhetoric of Art in Philip Roth's Everyman and Exit Ghost Chapter 3: Toward a Post-9/11 Rhetoric of Catholic Mystery: Terror and Fundamentalism in Don DeLillo's "Baader-Meinhof" and Point Omega Chapter 4: Emergent Varieties of Religious Experience from a Protestant Perspective: Fundamentalist, Fanatical, and Hybrid Faith in John Updike's "Varieties of Religious Experience" and Terrorist Chapter 5: Between Protestantism and Pantheism: Post-9/11 Rhetorics of Nature, Science, and Religion in Barbara Kingsolver's Small Wonder and Flight Behavior Conclusion: Memorializing 9/11 through Interfaith Dialogue with and about American Fiction about Religion Bibliography Index About the Author