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If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right

Christopher Douglas


The rise of the Christian Right took many writers and literary critics by surprise, trained as we were to think that religions waned as societies became modern. This book shows that American writers struggled to understand and respond to this new social and political force. Religiously inflected literature since the 1970s must be understood in the context of this unforeseen resurgence of conservative Christianity, the book argues a resurgence that realigned the literary and cultural fields. Among the writers that are considered are Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Cormac McCarthy, Thoma ... More

Keywords: Christian Right, American writers, conservative Christianity, literary writer, multiculturalism, postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702112
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Douglas, author
University of Victoria