The Rhetorics of Christian Orthodoxy in Late Modern Fiction
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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...no book is produced alone, and whatever merits this one may possess derive in large part from the contributions of friends, colleagues, and fam-ily members who discussed it with me, offered constructive criticism, and encouraged me to persevere. among my colleagues at the University of Tennessee, i particularly want to thank misty anderson, Dawn Coleman, ...
Introduction: Christian Orthodoxy and the Rhetoric of Fiction
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This is a book about the work of six writers of fiction—Flannery O’Connor, muriel Spark, John Updike, Walker Percy, mary Gordon, and marilynne robinson—and its relationship to what i call “Christian orthodoxy.” i define Christian orthodoxy as the conviction that the central dogmas and moral imperatives of historic Christianity are true and binding and that we ...
1. Flannery O'Connor, the Irreducibility of Belief, and the Problem of Audience
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...any consideration of the rhetoric of Christian orthodoxy in late modern fic-tion cannot avoid Flannery O’Connor, for no other Christian writer of the period has been as explicit about her avowed purpose and her intended audience. her commentary on her fiction has been quoted perhaps more often than the fiction itself, and her statements have, through repetition, ...
2. Catholicism for "Really Intelligent People": The Rhetoric of Muriel Spark
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When muriel Spark died in 2006, after a career that spanned five decades, obituaries duly identified her as a Catholic writer, and the most percep-tive of them followed earlier critics in noting her affinities with Flannery O’Connor.1 both writers avow a religious dimension in their work; both have a marked hatred for sentimentality; and both are known for violence ...
3. John Updike's Rhetoric of Christian American Narcissism
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...in an unfavorable—and now legendary—review of Toward the End of Time (1997), David Foster Wallace refers to John Updike as one of the “Great male narcissists who’ve dominated postwar american fiction” (51). The label is apt, for many of the specific indictments that have been lodged against Updike in the course of his career—misogyny, satyriasis, quietism, ...
4. Walker Percy's Rhetoric of Time, Apocalypse, and the Modern Predicament
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...among avowedly Christian writers of merit in the late twentieth century, Walker Percy is distinguished not only by his novelistic achievement but also by the range and sophistication of his intellectual interests. valued by some readers primarily as a novelist and by others as a philosopher or even a guru, Percy has engaged in his fiction and essays with French existen-...
5. The Uses of Orthodoxy: Mary Gordon and Marilynne Robinson
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...nearly fifty years after its commencement, few topics continue to gener-ate as much debate within roman Catholicism as “the spirit of vatican ii.” Should the pastoral council of the 1960s be understood as continuous with earlier magisterial teachings or as a dramatic departure from them that redefines what it means to be Catholic? numerous observers have ...
Epilogue: On Belief and Academic Humility
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...in 2005, Stanley Fish predicted that religion “would succeed high theory and the triumvirate of race, gender, and class as the center of intellectual energy in the academy” (“One University”). eight years later, i can tenta-tively conclude that Fish was on to something. religion has certainly not replaced these earlier foci, and its increased presence in the academy has not ...
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Other Works in the Series
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Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies publishes scholarship on the influence of reli-gion on literature and of literature on religion from the sixteenth century onward. Books in the series include studies of religious rhetoric or allegory; of the secularization of religion, ritual, and religious life; and of the emerging identity of postsecular studies and literary Hard Sayings: The Rhetoric of Christian Orthodoxy in Late Modern Fiction...
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Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies
Series Editor Byline: Lori Branch