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The Persistence of Purgatory

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The Persistence of Purgatory by Richard K Fenn
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Richard K. Fenn focuses on the significance of time in modern society, and why we take it so seriously. He traces contemporary western attitudes toward time back to the doctrine and myth of Purgatory. Fenn makes a provocative case that especially for Americans the sense of the scarcity of time is a sign of social character, shaped by a 'purgatorial complex'. He demonstrates the impact of Purgatory on Protestant preachers such as Baxter and Channing, but also argues that Locke's views of religion, education and the nature of the state can only be understood in this context. Seriousness about time has become evidence of the good faith of the citizen. Novelists like Robbins, Mailer, Vonnegut and Brautigan portray a society that oppresses the individual through time constraints. For Dickens, America seemed a purgatorial wasteland: a place where time is always of the essence.
Release date Australia
January 26th, 1996
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
220
Dimensions
138x216x16
ISBN-13
9780521550390
Product ID
2160203

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