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dc.contributor.advisorDelahunt, Meaghan
dc.contributor.advisorBurnside, John
dc.contributor.authorBrophy, Mary-Beth
dc.description.abstractThe research and creative portions of this thesis develop from the various responses individuals experience in the wake of a loss. The research into the evolution of faith in author Jack Kerouac's 'Duluoz Legend' and the central storyline of the novel 'Mayor of Hollywood' spring from the same well: the crossroads between death and faith. The research piece concerns itself with Kerouac's exploration of the spiritual interior in the wake of the death of his protagonist's older brother, developing a personal faith that blends Buddhism and Catholicism unfettered by formal religious practice, mirroring instead an older path of Catholic mysticism. Mayor of Hollywood explores the opposite side of the religious coin: the protagonist, Lucy Cassidy, has little compelling interest in her own spiritual existence but must address the practicalities of her partner's formal practice of Catholicism, including dietary restrictions, regular worship, moral strictures, and the religious formalization of the guilt process. At the same time, Lucy and Mark must resolve several deaths that have occurred, substituting the secular path of crime detection for the more spiritual quest to reunite with God. Linked by the shared topic of death, the two halves of the thesis address faith as a whole, exploring the interior and exterior spiritual life.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subject.lcshKerouac, Jack, 1922-1969--Criticism and interpretationen_US
dc.subject.lcshKerouac, Jack, 1922-1969--Religionen_US
dc.subject.lcshKerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. Visions of Gerarden_US
dc.subject.lcshKerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. Dharma bumsen_US
dc.subject.lcshKerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. Desolation angelsen_US
dc.subject.lcshKerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. Big Suren_US
dc.titleSome lost bliss : tracing the dark night of the soul in Jack Kerouac's 'Visions of Gerard', 'The dharma bums', 'Desolation angels', and 'Big Sur' : and an excerpt from the novel 'Mayor of Hollywood'en_US
dc.title.alternativeMayor of Hollywooden_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

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