Reprise or Resolution? A Would-Be Saint, and Robin Jenkins's Final Novel, The Pearl Fishers

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Abstract

Robin Jenkins has been read by most critics primarily as a social realist, who departs from the mysticism of his Scottish Literary Renaissance forebears most obviously in his urban depictions of contemporary working-class Lanarkshire life. A new reading of A Would-Be Saint (1978) and this novel’s relationship with Jenkins’s later The Pearl Fishers (2007) recoups an understanding of this novelist as deeply influenced by both the religious environment of his youth, and by eighteenth-century Romanticism. This new reading suggests that Jenkins’s work can be opened to wider theological and literary horizons than previously thought.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Fiction of Robin Jenkins
Subtitle of host publicationSome Kind of Grace
EditorsLinden Bicket, Douglas Gifford
PublisherBrill
Pages219-237
ISBN (Print)9789004342491
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameScottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature
PublisherBrill

Keywords

  • Realism
  • Romanticism
  • novel
  • Catholicism
  • Protestantism
  • saints
  • Christianity and culture
  • manuscripts

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