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The Novel as Church

Preaching to Readers in Contemporary Fiction

The Novel as Church by David Dickinson
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Reading the likes of Updike, Dickens, and Faulkner with a preacher's eye, David Dickinson offers an instructive examination of the role of the sermon as a literary element and, most strikingly, of literature as a modern sermon. Popular perceptions of religion, religious authority, and the practice of preaching have changed significantly during the past century, so much so, Dickinson argues, that fiction writers have a surprising and unique ability to preach to readers through their own fictionalized sermons and the characters who deliver them. The Novel as Church analyzes the context and intent behind these messages, uncovers the dissonance between "novel" and traditional preaching, and illuminates how readers' attitudes toward preaching (and those who preach) may be influenced—or not—by the sermon writers themselves.
Baylor University Press; March 2013
233 pages; ISBN 9781602586840
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Title: The Novel as Church
Author: David Dickinson