The dichotomy of the secular and the sacred in Alice McDermott’s After This
Amala Valarmathy A, Dr. Ugini Fathima Mary L
This paper attempts to analyse Alice McDermott’s After This in the Postsecular perspective. The title of the novel hints a Postsecular critical interpretation of the novel. The novel captures the turmoil of young people caught up in the sexual revolution of the 60s and the aftermath of Vietnam War in America. The end of the innocence of the young people is represented in the Novel. The division between the sacred and the secular diminishes as the secular image also evokes sacred memory. Post secular Literature offers space for reflection on the significant ways of perceiving the religious/secular binary. The secular ideas of the young people reveals their bias towards religion and the result is they dare to profane the sacred only to realize the resurgence of the religious upbringing in their life.