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By author: Jolly Kay Sharp
Product Code: H835
ISBN: 9780881462630
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 180
Product Format: Hardback
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Recognizing personal tendencies and developing literary talents enabled Mary Flannery O'Connor to don multiple masks, concealing or revealing segments of herself as she desired. O'Connor's masks serve as metaphorical embodiments of her veiled autobiography, illuminating key components of her sense of self and of her literary power. Sharp's exploration of these masks identifies O'Connor's goals, struggles, and successes.
Becoming Human: Kierkegaardian Reflections on Ethical Models in Literature
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By author: Jamie Lorentzen
Product Code: P515
ISBN: 9780881465419
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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What does it mean to become a human being? This question was persistently repeated by Kierkegaard scholar Howard V. Hong (1912-2010) to students during his forty-year tenure at St. Olaf College. As one of Dr. Hong's students, Jamie Lorentzen never forgot the question-one that always pointed to the ethical upbuilding of individuals. Lorentzen's Kierkegaard studies inform commentary on how central characters in four works of literature help readers answer Howard Hong's question. Twain's Huck Finn becomes human by being an unwitting ethicist despite himself and the pro-slavery culture in which he was reared. Ishmael and Queequeg's embrace of the neighbor and outcast in Melville's Moby-Dick is an ethical counterpoint to Ahab's terrifying narcissism. Meanwhile, Ibsen's famous narcissist, Peer Gynt, offers an archetypal negative ethical model for becoming human. Finally, Dostoevsky's Father Zosima and Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov show how ethics informs human development in both secular and religious cultures.
Cosmic Defiance: Updike's Kierkegaard and the Maples Stories
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By author: David Crowe
Product Code: H891
ISBN: 9780881465020
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John Updike once wrote that many of his works are "illustrations of Kierkegaard," and yet no current study provides an extended, convincing reason why this is so, why Updike came to live by Søren Kierkegaard's ideas. This study does, telling the story of Updike's life-altering encounter with Fear and Trembling in his early career, and tracing the subsequent evolution of Updike's complex and coherent theology.
Elements : The Novels of James Dickey
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By author: Casey Clabough
Product Code: H558
ISBN: 9780865547438
Pages: 216
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Elements: The Novels of James Dickey draws upon previously undiscussed manuscripts and notes to articulate Dickey's fictional vision as it appears in his three published novels, while also examining his early unpublished fiction and post- Deliverance screenplays. The book's thesis follows Dickey's philosophical and verbal theory for his published fiction (the practice of merging), illustrating the multifaceted and layered manner in which it functions, encompassing protagonist and environment and reader and text.
Experimentation And Versatility : The Early Novels And Short Fiction Of Fred Chappell
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By author: Casey Clabough
Product Code: H681
ISBN: 9780865549456
Pages: 182
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Experimentation and Versatility considers Chappell's first four novels and his short fiction-the novels chronologically and the short stories thematically-in order to demonstrate the unique range and importance of his fictional prose.

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