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‘You are the first generation raised without religion’: Coupland and postmodern spirituality

Andrew Tate

in Douglas Coupland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719074882
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.003.0005
‘You are the first generation raised without religion’: Coupland and postmodern spirituality

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This chapter explores the evolving representation of religious belief in Coupland's work via three connected areas of discussion. The first section locates his fiction in the wider context of the apparent ‘sacred turn’ in contemporary culture. The argument then focuses on the most frequently recurring manifestation of Coupland's spiritual sensibility in his use of epiphany as a structuring motif in a number of the novels including Generation X, Life After God, Girlfriend in a Coma, Miss Wyoming (2000) and Eleanor Rigby. These visionary encounters are related to concepts of apocalypse. The final section examines the theological and cultural implications of Coupland's representation of ‘end time’ narratives.

Keywords: religious belief; Coupland's fiction; sacred turn; spiritual sensibility; epiphany; end time; Generation X

Chapter.  13072 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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