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Religion, literature and identity in South Africa: the case of Alan Paton

D. Levey
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 72, No 1 | a192 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v72i1.192 | © 2007 D. Levey | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2007 | Published: 27 July 2007

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D. Levey, Department of English Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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This article draws on recent research into the early unpublished work of Alan Paton to suggest that the interrelationship of (English-language) literature and religion in South Africa is a much under-researched field despite numerous examples of such research elsewhere. One short case study based on Paton’s lecture on “God in modern thought” (1934) is offered. The value of a hermeneutic approach to literature that considers human identity in terms of incarnation, for example, is briefly argued and other possibilities suggested.


Hermeneutics; Identity; Incarnation; Religion And Literature; South Africa; English Literature


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