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The Christ-haunted landscape [electronic resource] : faith and doubt in southern fiction / by Susan Ketchin.

By: Ketchin, Susan.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c1994Description: 1 online resource (xix, 408 p.).ISBN: 9781604736816 (electronic bk.); 160473681X (electronic bk.).Subject(s): American fiction -- Southern States -- History and criticism | American fiction -- Christian authors -- History and criticism | American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Christian fiction, American -- History and criticism | Southern States -- Church history -- 20th century | Christianity and literature -- Southern States | Religion and literature -- Southern States | Belief and doubt in literature | Faith in literature | Litt�erature am�ericaine -- �Etats-Unis (sud) -- Histoire et critiques | �Etats-Unis (sud) dans la litt�erature | Roman religieux am�ericain -- �Etats-Unis (sud) | Roman am�ericain -- Auteurs chr�etiens -- Histoire et critique | Roman am�ericain -- 20e si�ecle -- Histoire et critique | Roman am�ericain -- �Etats-Unis (sud) -- Histoire et critique | Religion et litt�erature | Destin et fatalisme -- Dans la litt�erature | Roman | Religion | Religion (Motiv) | Romancier | Interview | USA -- S�udstaaten | LITERARY CRITICISM / American / GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Christ-haunted landscape.DDC classification: 813/.5409382 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
1. Lee Smith. God Not Only Speaks But Sings. "Tongues of Fire" Interview -- 2. Reynolds Price. Saintly Outlaws. "Full Day" Interview -- 3. Larry Brown. Proceeding Out from Calamity. "A Roadside Resurrection" Interview -- 4. Sheila Bosworth. On Being Southern, Catholic, and Female. From Slow Poison. Interview -- 5. Sandra Hollin Flowers. Something's Got a Hold on Me. "Hope of Zion" Interview -- 6. Will Campbell. Mississippi Madness, Mississippi Magic. From Cecelia's Sin. Interview -- 7. Doris Betts. Resting on the Bedrock of Original Sin. "This Is the Only Time I'll Tell It" Interview -- 8. Randall Kenan. Ancient Spells and Incantations. "The Strange and Tragic Ballad of Mabel Pearsall" Interview -- 9. Mary Ward Brown. Celebrating the True and Lively Word. "A New Life" Interview -- 10. Harry Crews. The Writer as Shaman. From Scar Lover. Interview -- 11. Clyde Edgerton. A Garden of Paradoxes. From Raney. Interview -- 12. Allan Gurganus. When I'm Fog on a Coffin Lid. "It Had Wings".
Summary: "Old-time religion" has been and still is a uniquely potent force in shaping the imaginations of southern fiction writers. A little more than a generation ago, Flannery O'Connor made a startling observation about herself and her fellow southerners: "By and large," she said, "people in the South still conceive of humanity in theological terms. While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner who isn't convinced of it is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God." Still earlier in the century H. L. Mencken wrote that the South consisted of a "cesspool of Baptists, a miasma of Methodists, snake charmers, phony real estate operators, and syphilitic evangelists.".Summary: This book explores the roles that various strands of southern religion, most prominently Evangelical Protestantism (both black and white) and Catholicism, have played in shaping contemporary southern fiction. The Christ-Haunted Landscape collects works by twelve southerners living and working in the South - Larry Brown, Reynolds Price, Allan Gurganus, Lee Smith, Clyde Edgerton, Harry Crews, Will Campbell, Doris Betts, Sheila Bosworth, Mary Ward Brown, Randall Kenan, and Sandra Hollin blowers. Susan Ketchin has included a descriptive profile and an original interview with each author, critical commentaries on each author's works as a whole, and representative fiction (short story or excerpt from a novel). Her introduction discusses the religious and cultural forces that have impact on today's imaginative writers whose fiction is enhanced by the legacy of Faulkner, O'Connor, and Percy.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [396]-398) and index.

1. Lee Smith. God Not Only Speaks But Sings. "Tongues of Fire" Interview -- 2. Reynolds Price. Saintly Outlaws. "Full Day" Interview -- 3. Larry Brown. Proceeding Out from Calamity. "A Roadside Resurrection" Interview -- 4. Sheila Bosworth. On Being Southern, Catholic, and Female. From Slow Poison. Interview -- 5. Sandra Hollin Flowers. Something's Got a Hold on Me. "Hope of Zion" Interview -- 6. Will Campbell. Mississippi Madness, Mississippi Magic. From Cecelia's Sin. Interview -- 7. Doris Betts. Resting on the Bedrock of Original Sin. "This Is the Only Time I'll Tell It" Interview -- 8. Randall Kenan. Ancient Spells and Incantations. "The Strange and Tragic Ballad of Mabel Pearsall" Interview -- 9. Mary Ward Brown. Celebrating the True and Lively Word. "A New Life" Interview -- 10. Harry Crews. The Writer as Shaman. From Scar Lover. Interview -- 11. Clyde Edgerton. A Garden of Paradoxes. From Raney. Interview -- 12. Allan Gurganus. When I'm Fog on a Coffin Lid. "It Had Wings".

"Old-time religion" has been and still is a uniquely potent force in shaping the imaginations of southern fiction writers. A little more than a generation ago, Flannery O'Connor made a startling observation about herself and her fellow southerners: "By and large," she said, "people in the South still conceive of humanity in theological terms. While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner who isn't convinced of it is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God." Still earlier in the century H. L. Mencken wrote that the South consisted of a "cesspool of Baptists, a miasma of Methodists, snake charmers, phony real estate operators, and syphilitic evangelists.".

This book explores the roles that various strands of southern religion, most prominently Evangelical Protestantism (both black and white) and Catholicism, have played in shaping contemporary southern fiction. The Christ-Haunted Landscape collects works by twelve southerners living and working in the South - Larry Brown, Reynolds Price, Allan Gurganus, Lee Smith, Clyde Edgerton, Harry Crews, Will Campbell, Doris Betts, Sheila Bosworth, Mary Ward Brown, Randall Kenan, and Sandra Hollin blowers. Susan Ketchin has included a descriptive profile and an original interview with each author, critical commentaries on each author's works as a whole, and representative fiction (short story or excerpt from a novel). Her introduction discusses the religious and cultural forces that have impact on today's imaginative writers whose fiction is enhanced by the legacy of Faulkner, O'Connor, and Percy.

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