The Methodist "Authoritarian fiction" of George Bond

Briffett, Carla Marie (2010) The Methodist "Authoritarian fiction" of George Bond. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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George John Bond (1850-1933), born in St. John's, Newfoundland, had a passion for both the island and the Methodist Church. His fictional oeuvre consists of one published novel, four published and eight unpublished short stories. In the narratives, the religious themes and practice of prayer, conversion, revival, temperance, and Sabbath observance are addressed. By contrasting the lives of his characters before and after the arrival of Methodism, Bond highlights the improvement that he believes occurs when living a spiritually based life. This thesis understands Bond's fictional work as "authoritarian fiction" and discusses the phenomenology of prayer, psychology of conversion, and historical presence of Newfoundland Methodism. It is evident that Bond used both positive and negative exemplary models to relay Methodist theology to the reader. The relationship established between Bond and the reader suggests that the literature was meant to extend beyond entertainment value. The repetition and redundancy in the collection reinforces the motifs for his stories and novel and teaches and preaches nineteenth-century Methodist theology and practice as understood by Bond.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9397
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 97-104).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Religious Studies
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Bond, George J. (George John), 1850-; Authoritarianism in literature; Authoritarianism--Religious aspects--Methodism; Fiction--Methodist authors; Methodism in literature; Methodists--Newfoundland and Labrador

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