The Vocation of Evelyn Waugh: Faith and Art in the Post-War Fiction

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jun 28, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 186 pages
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Arguing against the critical commonplace that Evelyn Waugh’s post-war fiction represents a decline in his writerly powers, D. Marcel DeCoste analyzes Waugh's major works from Brideshead Revisited to Unconditional Surrender. As DeCoste shows, Waugh offers in these later works an under-remarked meditation on the dangers of aestheticism in the context of modern secularism, forging in the second half of his career a literary achievement that both narrates and enacts a more Catholic literary vocation.
 

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Contents

Brideshead Revisited and
15
The Death of art in The Loved One
45
Helena and the stylish Pilgrimage
71
secular Perdition and ecclesial
97
arts Death Wish and charitys Vocation
125
The Late Art of Evelyn Waugh
161
Index
179
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D. Marcel DeCoste is Associate Professor of English at the University of Regina, Canada, where he teaches twentieth-century British and American literature. He has published and presented widely on Waugh's work.

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