2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Greene's Theology of Liberation in The Comedians

Alan J. Smith
Dr. Bob Mielke, Faculty Mentor

In his 1966 novel The Comedians, British author Graham Greene constructs a Haiti out of larger-than-life fact. Set in the then-contemporary Duvalier regime, the novel details the plight of an American tourist and his company as they arrive via ocean passage. Greene's vision of the Christian church in Haiti is one mixed with a peculiar social communism. In this project, I suggest that Graham Greene showed prescience with respect to the emerging Liberation Theology in Latin America and detail key elements of language and character that work to this end. 

Keywords: Greene, Graham, Gutierrez, Gustavo, The Comedians, Liberation Theology, Haiti, British Literature

Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 304-2
Location: MG 1098
Time: 1:15

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