Naturalism and Religion

Steven Frye

in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195368932
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Naturalism and Religion

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This article examines the relationship between literary naturalism and religion. It argues that in the complex relationship between science and religion, which intensifies in a naturalist context in the late nineteenth century, conflict exists not so much over known facts but over contending worldviews, that in some quarters and on both extremes are held as mutually exclusive. However, the writers of American literary naturalism challenge this partitioning, principally because they are artists sympathetic to science rather than scientists exclusively, and in their works they blend various facts, truths, and modes of epistemic perception in fiction that charts the intricate and complicated relationship between naturalism and religion.

Keywords: literary naturalism; religion; science

Article.  8866 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers)

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