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Title: Mirrors of the Human: Angels in Iris Murdoch and Karl Ove Knausgård
Authors: De Maeseneer, Yves ×
Meszaros, Julia #
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Series Title: Literature and Theology vol:29 issue:4 pages:450-464
Abstract: While contemporary theologians tend to skirt around the field of angelology, atheist novelists have creatively used the angel motif to explore the human condition. Two examples of this are Iris Murdoch in The Time of the Angels (1966), and Karl Ove Knausgård in A Time for Everything (2004). Engaging with these novels allows us to explore fundamental tensions in theological anthropology: immanence–transcendence, self–other, contingency–perfection, historicity–immutability, vulnerability–immortality, body–soul. As we will show, Murdoch and Knausgård, in different ways, offer a literary mirror confronting contemporary theology with a certain (theological) anthropological one-sidedness and invite a retrieval of angelology.
ISSN: 0269-1205
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Unit of Theological and Comparative Ethics
Research Unit Systematic Theology - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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