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Ambiguities of the Future: Theological Hints in the Novels of Patrick White.

Fiddes, Paul (2010) Ambiguities of the Future: Theological Hints in the Novels of Patrick White. In: The Melbourne College of Divinity Centenary Conference, 5-7 July 2010, Trinity College, Melbourme, Australia.

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This essay explores the presence of and relationship between different visions of the future in the novels of Patrick White. In works such as 'Voss', 'A Fringe of Leaves', 'Riders of the Chariot' and 'The Vivisector' we can detect traces of what Moltmann calls "calculable" and "desirable" vision of the future. White's treatment of the themes of the body and the land speak of a future that is made possible from within the framework of existing possibilities. Yet throughout his writing White also hints at a future that can only be received, often in moments of intense, and somtimes spiritual illumination. This dual vision comes to expression in the figure of the outsider, the judgement of art and, crucially, in White's repeated use of crucifixion imagery. In this way White, though in many ways a quitessentially Australian novelist, helps us to reflect theologically on aspects of the human situation and the tension inherent within it.

Item Type: Conference Papers (Lecture)
Additional Information: Paul Fiddes was a keynote speaker at the MCD Centenary Conference
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Theology, Patrick White, Religion in Australia, Spirituality in Australia, Future of Australia, Future of Religion in Australia
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pacifica
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 03:41
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:41
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/579

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