In this Book

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Where do Canadians encounter religious meaning? Not where they used to!

In ten lively and wide-ranging essays, William Closson James examines various derivations of the sacred in contemporary Canadian culture. Most of the essays focus on the religious aspects of modern Canadian English fiction — for example, in essays on the fiction of Hugh MacLennan, Morley Callaghan, Margaret Atwood and Joy Kogawa. But James also explores other, non-literary events and activities in which Canadians have found something transcendant or revelatory.

Each of the chapters in Locations of the Sacred can be read independently as a discrete analysis of its subject. Taken as a whole, the essays make up a powerful argument for a new way of looking at the religious in contemporary Canada — not in the traditional ways of being religious, but in activities and locations previously thought to be “secular.” Thus, the domains and modes of the religious are expanded, not restricted.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. TItle Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. CHAPTER 1 Dislocating the Sacred: The Protestant Voice
  2. pp. 19-38
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  1. CHAPTER 2 Relocating the Sacred: The Human Ground of Transcendence
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. CHAPTER 3 Nature as the Locale of the Sacred
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. CHAPTER 4 In Quest of the Sacred: The Canoe Trip
  2. pp. 81-100
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  1. CHAPTER 5 Sacred Death: The Belcher Islands Massacre
  2. pp. 101-130
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  1. CHAPTER 6 Theodicy and the Sacred: A. M. Klein and Hugh MacLennan
  2. pp. 131-153
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  1. CHAPTER 7 Love and the Sacred: The Ambiguities of Morley Callaghan's Such Is My Beloved
  2. pp. 155-170
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  1. CHAPTER 8 Sacred Passages: Native Symbols in Atwood and Engel
  2. pp. 171-187
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  1. CHAPTER 9 Nordicity and the Sacred: The Journeys of Thomas York and Aritha van Herk
  2. pp. 189-212
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  1. CHAPTER 10 Mutuality and the Sacred: Joy Kogawa
  2. pp. 213-239
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 241-243
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  1. References
  2. pp. 245-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-270
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