Bibliography (Masterplots II: American Fiction Series, Revised Edition)
McTavish, J. “John Updike and the Funny Theologian.” Theology Today 48 (January, 1992): 413-425. McTavish examines the influences and connections that European theologian Karl Barth had on Updike’s work. He explores the religious crisis that Updike experienced in his early life, Updike’s love for Barth as reflected in the characters in A Month of Sundays, and Barth’s views concerning the responsibilities of men toward women.
Schiff, James A. John Updike Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1998. Schiff endeavors to understand Updike’s entire body of work, putting individual works in context for the reader. Schiff provides commentary on works that have largely been ignored by the public, as well as books that have received little critical attention.
Schiff, James A. “Updike’s Scarlet Letter Trilogy: Recasting an American Myth.” Studies in American Fiction 20 (Spring, 1992): 17-31. Schiff explores Updike’s portrayal of renewal as an American quest that can be achieved through the joining of body and soul, as well as Updike’s disputation of Hawthorne’s Puritan ethic.
Schiff, James A. Updike’s Version: Rewriting the Scarlet Letter. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1992. Schiff provides an in-depth analysis of Updike’s Scarlet Letter trilogy, including...
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