After Atheism: Religion, Literature and Science
A Symposium with Terry Eagleton, Saturday 24th April 2010: This one-day symposium gathers together a range of international experts on religion, literature and culture to consider the cultural significance of the debate about the ‘God Question’. Why has the God Question re-emerged now? How has it impacted upon literature, culture and even politics? And what, finally, might come ‘after atheism’ – a new Enlightenment or the return of the religious? For further details see our page on the After Atheism Symposium.
Arthur Bradley and Andrew Tate, The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11
The New Atheist Novel is forthcoming from Continuum (January 2010) as part of their New Directions in Religion and Literature series. The first study of a major new genre of contemporary fiction, it examines how Richard Dawkins’s so-called ‘New Atheism’ movement has caught the imagination of four eminent modern novelists: Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman. For McEwan and his contemporaries, the contemporary novel represents a new front in the ideological war against religion, religious fundamentalism and, after 9/11, religious terror: the novel apparently stands for everything – freedom, individuality, rationality and even a secular experience of the transcendental – that religion seeks to overthrow. Click here for more details. Read the review in the Times Higher Education Supplement: " A timely and important work examining four of our most lionised novelists with an appropriately aporetic eye."