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Andrew Tate

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074882

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.001.0001

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‘You are the first generation raised without religion’: Coupland and postmodern spirituality

‘You are the first generation raised without religion’: Coupland and postmodern spirituality

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(p.130) 5 ‘You are the first generation raised without religion’: Coupland and postmodern spirituality
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Douglas Coupland
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Andrew Tate

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.003.0005

This chapter explores the evolving representation of religious belief in Coupland's work via three connected areas of discussion. The first section locates his fiction in the wider context of the apparent ‘sacred turn’ in contemporary culture. The argument then focuses on the most frequently recurring manifestation of Coupland's spiritual sensibility in his use of epiphany as a structuring motif in a number of the novels including Generation X, Life After God, Girlfriend in a Coma, Miss Wyoming (2000) and Eleanor Rigby. These visionary encounters are related to concepts of apocalypse. The final section examines the theological and cultural implications of Coupland's representation of ‘end time’ narratives.

Keywords:   religious belief, Coupland's fiction, sacred turn, spiritual sensibility, epiphany, end time, Generation X

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