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Bible and Novel: Narrative Authority and the Death of God

Norman Vance


This study seeks to develop a new context for reading later Victorian fiction, specifically the work of George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Mary Ward and Rider Haggard. With Eliot and her successors the Victorian novel acquired greater cultural centrality, just as the authority of the scriptures and of traditional religious teaching seemed to be declining. The book considers whether serious, allegedly secular novelists supplanted the Bible or whether they anticipated some of the insights of contemporary theologians and writers of fiction by reimagining and reformulating rather than abandoning essentia ... More

Keywords: Bible, biblical literalism, Eliot, Hardy, messianic, pilgrimage, post-secular, sublime, Victorian novel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199680573
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Vance, author
Professor of English Literature and Intellectual History, University of Sussex