Journal Article

‘Until I Have Given Lueli Back His God’: Queer Religion in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s <i>Mr. Fortune’s Maggot</i>

Margaret Sullivan

in Literature and Theology

Volume 25, issue 2, pages 157-171
Published in print June 2011 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online November 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frq057
‘Until I Have Given Lueli Back His God’: Queer Religion in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Mr. Fortune’s Maggot

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This article argues that the religious discourse in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s 1927 novel Mr. Fortune’s Maggot encourages a radical rethinking of the queer subject in British modernist literature. It is in three main sections. First, it argues that Timothy Fortune, the novel’s queer main character, makes important decisions in the work, ones that not only intervene into orthodox formulations of religious practice and belief, but also shape him as a queer, desiring man. Second, it shows that because Fortune’s decisions affect both his belief system and that of Lueli, his pagan companion, they evince the queer subject constructing his own form of religious knowledge. Third, it claims that Townsend Warner, by narrating a queer subject emancipated from determinate belief systems, effectively creates what, in deconstructive terms, is a ‘religion without religion’, or an apophatic approach that rejects the closure of determinate belief systems.

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

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