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To Crie Alarme Spiritual: Evelyn Waugh and the Ironic Community

To Crie Alarme Spiritual: Evelyn Waugh and the Ironic Community <jats:p> Alan Dale accounts for the spiritual dimensions of Waugh's satire in the early, ultra-modern novels, “Vile Bodies” (1930) and “A Handful of Dust” (1934). Behind Waugh's façade of hyper-drollery, Dale suggests, are the convictions of a spiritual absolutist whose comic fury is all the more intense because the position of religious faith from which it issues remains unveiled. Placing Waugh's novels in the decidedly non-modern ambit of medieval Catholic satire, Dale argues that the modernity of Waugh's novels inheres in their post-consensus context, in which a stable theological ground can no longer be taken for granted. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

To Crie Alarme Spiritual: Evelyn Waugh and the Ironic Community

Modernist Cultures , Volume 2 (2): 102 – Oct 1, 2006

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press, 2010
ISSN
2041-1022
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1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/E2041102209000227
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Abstract

<jats:p> Alan Dale accounts for the spiritual dimensions of Waugh's satire in the early, ultra-modern novels, “Vile Bodies” (1930) and “A Handful of Dust” (1934). Behind Waugh's façade of hyper-drollery, Dale suggests, are the convictions of a spiritual absolutist whose comic fury is all the more intense because the position of religious faith from which it issues remains unveiled. Placing Waugh's novels in the decidedly non-modern ambit of medieval Catholic satire, Dale argues that the modernity of Waugh's novels inheres in their post-consensus context, in which a stable theological ground can no longer be taken for granted. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2006

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