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Religion and Fiction

For a general resource, see How to find fiction www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP/MCK/HOWTO/fiction.html

Some subject headings for books about religion and fiction:
Religious fiction, American -- history and criticism
Fiction -- religious aspects
Religion in literature
Theology in literature


Examples:
* Detweiler, Robert. Uncivil Rites: American Fiction, Religion, and the Public Sphere. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.
* Hawkins, Peter S. The Language of Grace: Flannery OUConnor, Walker Percy, & amp;
* Iris Murdoch. Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 1983.



For more specific topics:
heaven in literature
hell in literature

For books of fiction with religion-related subjects or themes, add the word fiction to subject words (recent books only):
clergy fiction
clergy fiction
God fiction
belief and doubt fiction

An anthology:
Hayward, Stephen, and Sara Lefanu, eds. God: An Anthology of Fiction. London: SerpentUs Tail, 1992.

Selected authors to start with in your reading:
Frederick Buechner
Gail Godwin
Andrew Greeley
Graham Greene
Susan Howatch
Brian Moore
Iris Murdoch
Flannery OUConnor
Iris Murdoch
Flannery OUConnor
Walker Percy
Chaim Potok
J.F. Powers
Reynolds Price
Philip Roth
Evelyn Waugh
Morris West

Religious fiction takes many forms and topics. Here are some examples:

* Stories of religious founders, then and now
The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
The Joshua stories of Joseph F. Girzone

* About clergy and the churches
Novels by Anthony Trollope
Evensong by Gail Godwin
The Ultimate Intimacy by Ivan Klima

* Clergy involved in detective stories and mysteries
The Father Brown stories by G.K. Chesterton
The Rabbi David Small stories by Harry Kemelman

* Thrillers with clergy involved
The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte (Spanish title: Piel del Tambor)

* Novels of the best-selling sort
One More Sunday by John D. Macdonald
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

* Historical novels, such as in the time of Henry VIII of England
The Fifth Queen by Ford Madox Ford
The Man on a Donkey by H.F.M. Prescott

* Classic all-time-great or influential novels
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie


The Fiction Catalog lists some well-known works of in these selected categories:
angels, biblical stories, cathedrals, Catholic faith, Catholic priests, Christian life, Church of England, clergy, convent life, evangelists, good and evil, Judaism, Jesuits, Jesus Christ, Jews, monasticism and religious orders, paganism, rabbis, religion.

There are also short story indexes.


For those interested in Christian fiction:
Walker, Barbara J. Developing Christian Fiction Collections for Children and Adults: Selection Criteria and a Core Collection. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1998.

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