“What We’re Made Of”: Personhood in Graham Swift’s Last Orders

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Abstract

This article argues that Graham Swift's novel Last Orders addresses profound moral questions about what constitutes a person. The article takes its lead from John Habgood's question, “How complete does a human being have to be in order to qualify morally as a person?” and also draws on insights from other theologians to analyze the moral perspective of the novel. It shows how Last Orders looks for redemption in the face of broken relationships and radical crises of identity, and also shows how Swift defends the moral personhood of the disabled and the recently deceased.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-581
Number of pages17
JournalChristianity and Literature
Volume62
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013

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