Journal Article

Atonement and the Crime of Seeing: Patrick White's, <i>Riders in the Chariot</i>

Gavin D'Costa

in Literature and Theology

Volume 22, issue 2, pages 162-179
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frm053
Atonement and the Crime of Seeing: Patrick White's, Riders in the Chariot

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Patrick White's ‘religious’ vision in ‘Riders in the Chariot’ is explored. Against readings from a Jewish perspective, a Christian perspective or a secular non-religious perspective, this article proposes an alternative. It suggests that White brings together a synthetic vision in which three religious traditions are affirmed as complimentary—with a new fourth, the artist as religious visionary. In doing so, White respects the deep differences between these traditions while also drawing on an analogical commonality: the redemptive value of suffering and the nature of an unfinished atonement within our lives.

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

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