Journal Article

Reflection and the Aesthetics of Grace in <i>Villette</i>

Linda Freedman

in Literature and Theology

Volume 22, issue 4, pages 406-418
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frn011
Reflection and the Aesthetics of Grace in Villette

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This article is a reading of the aesthetics of grace through the Pauline theology in Villette. Divine grace is given as a gift and is fulfilled only in death. I discuss the Pauline theology which underlies the novel and argue that the structures of giving and withholding are central to Lucy's sense of her own salvation. I explore the connection between surveillance and the Pauline idea of ‘seeing through a glass darkly’ and argue that the aesthetics of grace are ultimately tied to the book's status as a reflected narrative.

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

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