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Contents Acknowledgments vii Preface ix Introduction: Narrating Hope in a Postmodern World Emily Griesinger 1 Section 1: The Postmodern Condition 25 1 Inventing Hope: The Question of Belief in Don DeLillo's Novels Mark Eaton 31 2 Voices from Within: Gloria Anzald£a, bell hooks, and Roberta Bondi AnneMarie Bowery 51 3 Time for Hope: The Sixth Sense, American Beauty, Memento, and Twelve Monkeys D. Brent Laytham 69 4 Beyond Futility: American Beauty and the Book of Ecclesiastes Robert K. Johnston 85 Section 2: The Valley of Despair 97 5 Prosaic Grace: Doris Betts's Souls Raised from the Dead Martha Greene Eads 103 6 Narrative Bones: Amy Tan's Bonesetter's Daughter and Hugh Cook's Homecoming Man Elaine Lux 117 7 Hope from a Radio: Jurek Becker's Jakob the Liar Eric Sterling 133 v Contents 8 Friendship and Hope: Elie Wiesel's The Town Beyond the Wall Carole J. Lambert 149 Section 3: Resisting the Night 165 9 A Passion for the Impossible: Richard Rorty, John Okada, and James Baldwin Harold K. Bush, Jr. 171 10 The Prophetic Burden: James Baldwin as a LatterDay Jeremiah Kelvin Beliele 187 11 Reconciliation and Hope: Confessional Narratives in South Africa Susan VanZanten Gallagher 207 Section 4: Adversity and Grace 223 12 Hope in Hard Times: Moments of Epiphany in Illness Narratives Marilyn Chandler McEntyre 229 13 Geographies of Hope: Kathleen Norris and David Lynch Kevin L. Cole 247 14 Attunement and Healing: The Fisher King Michael B. Herzog 263 15 The Gift of Grace: Isak Dinesen's Babette's Feast Maire Mullins 279 Section 5: Hope and the Imagination 297 16 The Redress of Imagination: Bernard MacLaverty's Grace Notes Barry Sloan 303 17 The Search for "Deeper Magic": J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis Emily Griesinger 317 18 J. R. R. Tolkien: Postmodern Visionary of Hope Ralph C. Wood 333 Works Cited 357 List of Contributors 379
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Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Religion and literature.
Performing arts -- Religious aspects.