Reading James Hogg’s 1824 novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner through a postsecular lens provides a new framework for spirituality. This framework establishes spirituality as a place of tension and uncertainty between the text’s main ideologies—Enlightenment rationality and religious, specifically Calvinist, fanaticism. The text explores this place of tension through its doubled narrative structure and by demonstrating the crisis of faith that the fictional Editor of the text undergoes. Confessions brings a compelling new paradigm to discussions of the postsecular that allows insight into the complex intersections of Enlightenment rationality and empiricism as well as religious zealotry and the supernatural.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hilton, Conor Bruce, ""I dare not venture a judgement”: Spirituality and the Postsecular in Hogg’s Confessions" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 7876.
spirituality, postsecular, Romanticism, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner