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What literature tells about people's struggle with faith during pandemic

Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron" - sales of which have reportedly risen during the coronavirus - faith and religion are mocked and satirized

What literature tells about people's struggle with faith during pandemic
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In Boccaccio’s massive collection of novellas, monks and other dignitaries of the Church are ridiculed, disparaged and shown in their human fallibility

Agnes Mueller | The Conversation
A recent Pew Research poll found that religious faith had deepened for a quarter of Americans because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some might indeed take solace in religion at a time of uncertainty, such as a pandemic, but the literary texts that I teach in my university course, “Pandemics in Literature,” suggest that this is not always the case: Faith may deepen for some, while others may reject or abandon it altogether.

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In one of the most well known works of pandemic literature, Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” – sales of which have

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First Published: Aug 04 2020 | 12:17 PM IST

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