The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction [NOOK Book]

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Here are Susan Ketchin's discerning interviews with twelve southerners living and writing in the South, and along with a piece of fiction by each are her penetrating commentaries about the impact of southern religious experience on their work.

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 ...

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The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction

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Overview

Here are Susan Ketchin's discerning interviews with twelve southerners living and writing in the South, and along with a piece of fiction by each are her penetrating commentaries about the impact of southern religious experience on their work.

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."

Guided by O'Connor's perceptive commentary about southerners in general, Susan Ketchin has created a deeply revealing collection that mirrors the pervasive role of religion in the literature by the recent generation of notable southern writers. Ketchin confirms that "old-time religion" remains a potent force in the literature of the contemporary South.

Susan Ketchin, a writer, editor, and musician, lives in Orange County, North Carolina.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604736816
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 891,869
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Lee Smith
God Not Only Speaks But Sings 3
"Tongues of Fire" 5
Interview 44
2 Reynolds Price
Saintly Outlaws 56
"Full Day" 58
Interview 69
3 Larry Brown
Proceeding Out from Calamity 100
"A Roadside Resurrection" 102
Interview 126
4 Sheila Bosworth
On Being Southern, Catholic, and Female 140
From Slow Poison 142
Interview 146
5 Sandra Hollin Flowers
Something's Got a Hold on Me 172
"Hope of Zion" 174
Interview 184
6 Will Campbell
Mississippi Madness, Mississippi Magic 198
From Cecelia's Sin 200
Interview 211
7 Doris Betts
Resting on the Bedrock of Original Sin 230
"This Is the Only Time I'll Tell It" 232
Interview 238
8 Randall Kenan
Ancient Spells and Incantations 260
"The Strange and Tragic Ballad of Mabel Pearsall" 261
Interview 277
9 Mary Ward Brown
Celebrating the True and Lively Word 303
"A New Life" 305
Interview 319
10 Harry Crews
The Writer as Shaman 326
From Scar Lover 329
Interview 335
11 Clyde Edgerton
A Garden of Paradoxes 352
From Raney 354
Interview 361
12 Allan Gurganus
When I'm Fog on a Coffin Lid 371
"It Had Wings" 372
Interview 376
Selected References 396
Index 399
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