The Promised End
Eschatology in Theology and Literature
* Brings Christian theology, creative literature, and literary critical theory into dialogue on the theme of `the end`.
Part I: Facing the End:.
1. The Problem of Closure: John Fowles` the French Lieutenant`s Woman and Julian Barnes` Flaubert`s Parrot.
2. Theology and Literature - A Dialogue.
3. The End Organizes the Human Story: Frank Kermode.
4. The End Discloses a Desired World: Northrop Frye.
5. Biblical Eschatology and Openness.
6. Closure and Openness in Ending.
Part II: Deferment and Hope:.
7. The End Defers Meaning: Jacques Derrida.
8. Death and the Other.
9. Openness and Relativism.
10. The End Opens Hope: Paul Ricoeur.
11. Hope and a Passion for the Possible.
12. Hoping in the Face of Death.
Part III: Taking Death Seriously:.
13. A Journey to Nothingness: Shakespeare`s King Lear.
14. Human Surplus and Excess.
15. Images of a Desirable and Undesirable World.
16. The Configuring of Time.
17. Looking Upon Death.
18. Death the Last Enemy.
19. Creation from Nothing.
Part IV: A Question of Identity:.
20. Resurrection and the Idea of Replication.
21. Problems About Identity.
22. Closing the Gap? A Modified Dualism.
23. The Person and the Finality of Death.
24. Survival and Relationships: Doris Lessing`s Memoirs of A Survivor.
25. Corporate Resurrection.
26. The Identity of the Self: Lessing`s the Making of the Representative for Planet 8.
27. The Making of the Person.
Part V: the Eternal Moment:.
28. The Problem of Fragmentation By Time: T.S. Eliot`s `Ash Wednesday`.
29. The Problem of Isolation in Time: Virginia Woolf`s Mrs Dalloway.
30. Eliot and the Timeless Moment: the Four Quartets.
31. Eternity as Simultaneity?.
32. The Healing of Time.
33. Woolf and the Symbols of Eternity: to the Lighthouse and Between the Acts.
Part VI: Expecting the Unexpected:.
34. Two Parables of Waiting.
35. The Reversal of Expectations.
36. Two Plays of Waiting: Samuel Beckett`s Waiting for Godot and Endgame.
37. The Futility of Waiting: (A) Waiting for the `Not Yet`.
38. Waiting For a Possible Future.
39. The Futility of Waiting: (B) A Programmed Future.
Part VII: The Arrow of Time:.
40. The One-Way Flight of the Arrow.
41. The Arrow Points Backwards: Martin Amis` Time`s Arrow.
42. The Counter-Movement to Evolution.
43. Cycles of Torment and Renewal: Flann O`Brien`s the Third Policeman and James Joyce`s Finnegans Wake.
44. Preservation and Retroaction.
45. The Eternal Dance.
Part VIII: A Fuller Presence:.
46. The Desire for Presence.
47. Millennium and Utopia.
48. Fictional Images of Utopia: Aldous Huxley`s Island and Ursula Leguin`s the Dispossessed.
49. The Postmodern Critique of Full Presence.
50. Absence at the Heart of Existence.
51. Theological Versions of Hidden Presence.
52. The Millennial Hope.
Part IX: Our Eternal Dwelling-Place:.
53. Participating in Triune Relationships.
54. Dwelling in Triune Spaces.
55. Particularity and Eschatology.
56. The Eternal City.