CONTEMPORARY LITHUANIAN LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS VIEWED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL LITERATURE

Asta Gustaitienė

Abstract


This article analyses contemporary Lithuanian literature for adolescents from the perspective of theology. In recent years, the religious theme has become fairly popular in such literature. Examples that can be used to illustrate this include outstanding books of Lithuanian contemporary realistic literature for adolescents, including “Verksnių klubas” by Ilona Ežerinytė, “Mirties vandenynas” by Nijolė Kepenienė, and “Nebaigtas dienoraštis” and “Baltos durys” by Vytautas Račickas. The research is mainly focused on a psychological realistic novel written by Rebeka Una, “Šiandien, aštuntą valandą”, because this book is strong in artistic terms and strongly reveals the Christian context. The aim is to reveal how a teenager’s relationship with God is portrayed in some of the best Lithuanian writing for adolescents, and how their Christian faith helps them get through their most difficult life experiences. The interpretive-descriptive method of data analysis is used in the research.

Keywords


adolescent problem-psychological literature, theology of literature, philosophy of literature, God and faith, bibliotherapy, images of the clergy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13165/SMS-18-10-1-06

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