“There’s Only This”: Atheism and the Search for Meaning in Ian Mcewan’s Fiction

Davis, Olivia Hope (2017) “There’s Only This”: Atheism and the Search for Meaning in Ian Mcewan’s Fiction. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Daniel Stout from English, The University of Mississippi.

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In this thesis, I offer readings of Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love, Saturday, and The Children Act to study the relationship between meaning and faith. This is an important question because some New Atheists have pointed to McEwan’s work as proof that meaning is possible in the absence of God. In this thesis I suggest that while McEwan makes a strong case for the possibility of meaning through aesthetic experiences, he also complicates meaning by suggesting that it is only achievable in the context of belief in the irreducibility of ideas like love, beauty, and wonder.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Davis, Olivia Hope
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in English
Thesis Advisor: Daniel Stout
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Olivia Davis
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 13:01
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 13:01
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/817

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