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Cosmic Defiance: Updikes Kierkegaard and the Maples Stories David Crowe

Cosmic Defiance: Updikes Kierkegaard and the Maples Stories

David Crowe

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ISBN : 9780881465020
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John Updike once wrote that many of his works are illustrations of Kierkegaard, and yet no current study provides an extended, convincing reason why this is so, why Updike came to live by Sren Kierkegaards ideas. This study does, telling the storyMoreJohn Updike once wrote that many of his works are illustrations of Kierkegaard, and yet no current study provides an extended, convincing reason why this is so, why Updike came to live by Sren Kierkegaards ideas. This study does, telling the story of Updikes life-altering encounter with Fear and Trembling in his early career, and tracing the subsequent evolution of Updikes complex and coherent theology. Examining Updikes many claims about Kierkegaards life and work, and casting those claims into debate with Kierkegaards best scholars and critics, this book explains why Kierkegaard and his intellectual inheritors Karl Barth and Miguel de Unamuno provided Updike with a reason to live, and a vocation as an antinomian Christian writer. The study pursues the same question Updike did: how are identity and action bound up with faith in God? The eighteen intensely autobiographical Maples stories epitomize the theological preoccupations Updike learned from Kierkegaard.