Mary Szybist's 2013 collection, Incarnadine, uses the Annunciation as a foundational narrative through which to examine the implications of faith and having a relationship with God. Transforming this pivotal Biblical event through metaphor, intertextuality, and different points of view, Szybist showcases what Charles Taylor terms "fragilization" of faith, or the contestable and dubious position of believing among plurality of belief and nonbelief. By repeatedly shifting the framing of the Annunciation, Szybist creates several different visions of who God is. Rather than reinterpreting the Annunciation with a new dictum on exactly who God is and what it means to believe in Him, she plays with her own definition of God, allowing readers to do the same, and thus work through "fragilization" and find a faith that fits them.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Theurer, Devin Morgan, "An Annunciation for a Secular Age: The Struggle for Faith in Mary Szybist's Incarnadine" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 6729.
Mary Szybist, Charles Taylor, Michel de Certeau, Mary, God, Annunciation, Religion, Faith, Secular, Space