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‘Who are You Gentle Reader?’: John Updike—<i>A Month of Sundays</i> (1975)*<p>* Paper presented at the Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, October 2004, in Uppsala, Sweden.</p>

Elisabeth Jay

in Literature and Theology

Volume 19, issue 4, pages 346-354
Published in print November 2005 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/fri042
‘Who are You Gentle Reader?’: John Updike—A Month of Sundays (1975)** Paper presented at the Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, October 2004, in Uppsala, Sweden.

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This essay revisits a novel that became a locus classicus for interdisciplinary study of literature and theology in the late twentieth century. In 1975, Updike anticipated readers who would recognise references to both The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne's nineteenth-century analysis of America's Puritan inheritance, and Paul Tillich's life and theology. The witty, blasphemous and sad, Doubting Thomas cleric, whose story this is, claims that ‘bodies are us’, and ventures the view that adultery represents the superabundant work of grace. How can a novel that, for reasons of topical satire, represented women as voiceless sexual objects, be read in 2005?

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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