Dr Frank England, lecturer, College of the Transfiguration, Grahamstown, and honorary research associate, Department of Religious Studies, UCT

Both fiction and theology share an attempt to articulate what it means to be human. Both include narrative accounts of virtue and vice, moral worth and moral failure. In these lectures, the divine character of being human is explored through the thematic preoccupations of five outstanding modern novels by Anita Brookner, Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Powers, Anne Michaels and Iris Murdoch.    



1. The courtesy of God: The Bay of Angels

2. The brutality of God: Fight Club

3. The sound of God: Orfeo

4. The silence of God: Fugitive Pieces

5. The end of God: The Time of the Angels


Recommended reading

Brookner, A. 2001. The Bay of Angels. London: Vintage.

Michaels, A. 1996. Fugitive Pieces. London: Bloomsbury.

Murdoch, I. 1966. The Time of the Angels. New York: Viking Press.

Palahniuk, C. 1996. Fight Club. New York: W.W. Norton & Company

Powers, R. 2014. Orfeo. New York: W.W. Norton & Company



Date: 14 –18 January 
Time: 9.15 am
COURSE FEES Full: R550,00  Staff and Students R275,00
Venue: Classroom 2A Kramer Law Building UCT