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7th May 2003 - J. A. Froude

Last night saw the tenth lecture in the Centre for Whistler Studies' NINETEENTH CENTURY LETTERS SEMINAR SERIES.

The talk, entitled The Correspondence of Fictional Theology in J. A. Froude's The Nemesis of Faith, was presented by Dr Jeff Keuss of the Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology and the Arts, at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Keuss discussed Froude's novel The Nemesis of Faith and its context in Nineteenth century religious and literary thought. He suggested that Nemesis is a good example of the Victorian novel as it sought to fill the gap left by loss of faith in the authority of the bible. Dr Keuss noted that the use of letters in the literary structure of Nemesis adds gravitas to the story, and he also drew links to the prevalent culture in biblical studies for 'Jesus novels' and their influence by biblical Higher Criticism.

Two further seminars remain in the current series - click on the 'Seminars' link on the left for full details.