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NOVELS OF REDEMPTION

Patrick Sherry

in Literature and Theology

Volume 14, issue 3, pages 249-260
Published in print September 2000 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 2000 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/14.3.249
NOVELS OF REDEMPTION

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Novels of redemption are ones which attempt to convey how God's redemptive purposes may work through human lives, e.g. Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment or Mauriac's The Knot of Vipers. The central themes of such novels are those of evil (i.e that from which people are redeemed) and grace. The latter is shown as working in different ways, sometimes through a sudden crisis and illumination, sometimes through slow change and growth. Two recurrent characters are the priest and the saint, who are depicted as channels of grace and mediators of redemption.

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