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Theistic Existentialism in the Fiction of Tim Winton

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Thomas, R (2007) Theistic Existentialism in the Fiction of Tim Winton. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This survey of Winton's fiction will claim that religious (or theistic) existentialism is the foundational weltanschuuang of his work. I intend to investigate the extent to which the ideas of Soren Kierkegaard shadow characters in their move towards an ideal; that is, a personal connectedness with their concept of God. This thesis attempts to demonstrate that Winton's fiction reflects aspects of Kierkegaard's existential continuum, his Stages on Life's Way (1845), in its call to existential ‘authenticity’. Both authors reject the conventional rigidity practised by much institutionalised religion and endorse a personalised connectedness between individuals and God.

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Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2008 04:16
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