Edited by Bruce Johnson and Charles A. Huttar Susan Howatch's global bestsellers have appeared regularly since the 1970s, but a radical shift in her subject matter in the 1980s and especially the 1990s made reviewers and then academics adjust their glasses and stare hard at her pages. Howatch began to take her loyal following of gothic and family-saga readers into unexpected psychological and theological depths, while taking to an extreme, with a serious-novel format, the experiments begun in her family sagas. She also introduced to her readers a character only half-alive in Trollope, the Anglican Church. The twentieth-century church born in Howatch's later fiction is a huge, sometimes monstrous, sometimes life-giving creature whose various dimensions make it entirely engaging and weirdly central to the center-less postmodern world. Scandalous Truths provides a way into Howatch's new world by presenting for the first time many of her own considerations of her work, and by allowing a group of scholars to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of Howatch's art. Bruce Johnson is Associate Professor of English at James Madison University. Charles Huttar is Professor of English, Emeritus, at Hope College.(86) Venetiaa#39;s desire for aquot;occasional little chatfs]aquot; leads her to frequenting church services for the first time so that she can be near Aysgarth. As she describes her feelings at choral evensong when Aysgarth presided: I listened to every note sung by the Choir, every ... and if God was now playing an active role in my life, surely I had a moral duty to be as devout as possible in order to express my gratitude?
|Author||:||Susan Howatch, Bruce Johnson, Charles Adolph Huttar|
|Publisher||:||Susquehanna University Press - 2005|