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Hugh Hood's <i>The New Age/Le Nouveau Siècle</i>: A Contemporary Divine Comedy

Barbara Pell

in Literature and Theology

Volume 17, issue 2, pages 127-140
Published in print June 2003 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/17.2.127
Hugh Hood's The New Age/Le Nouveau Siècle: A Contemporary Divine Comedy

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Hugh Hood's twelve‐volume epic, The New Age/Le nouveau siècle (1975–2000), is ‘the most ambitious literary undertaking to date in English‐speaking Canada’, but most Canadian critics have ignored or rejected it because their contemporary narrative expectations are antithetical to Hood's genre, Christian moral allegory. I argue that only through a close‐reading of this series within a theological/tropological framework can one appreciate the tremendous accomplishment of this uniquely Canadian religious epic and, therefore, make the considerable effort to understand it.

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