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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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The Religious Novel

The Religious Novel

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(p.168) 11 The Religious Novel
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The Oxford History of the Novel in English
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Claudia Stokes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.003.0011

This chapter examines American religious novels in the late nineteenth century and their efforts to promote Christianity in the reader. Citing the works of writers such as Lew Wallace, Charles Sheldon, James Lane Allen, and Henry Adams, it shows how religious fiction explored a variety of themes ranging from Christian piety to conversion and masculinity. It also considers the role of idealism in religious fiction and the role of religious fiction in American literary history.

Keywords:   religious novels, Christianity, Lew Wallace, Charles Sheldon, religious fiction, piety, conversion, masculinity, idealism, literary history

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