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This article examines the relationship between literary naturalism and religion. It argues that in the complex relationship between science and religion, which intensifies in a naturalist context in the late nineteenth century, conflict exists not so much over known facts but over contending worldviews, that in some quarters and on both extremes are held as mutually exclusive. However, the writers of American literary naturalism challenge this partitioning, principally because they are artists sympathetic to science rather than scientists exclusively, and in their works they blend various facts, truths, and modes of epistemic perception in fiction that charts the intricate and complicated relationship between naturalism and religion.
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