The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life / Edition 1

The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life / Edition 1

by Fanny Howe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520238400

ISBN-13: 9780520238404

Pub. Date: 11/25/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

In times of great uncertainty, the urgency of the artist's task is only surpassed by its difficulty. Ours is such a time, and rising to the challenge, novelist and poet Fanny Howe suggests new and fruitful ways of thinking about both the artist's role and the condition of doubt. In these original meditations on bewilderment, motherhood, imagination, and art-making,…  See more details below

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In times of great uncertainty, the urgency of the artist's task is only surpassed by its difficulty. Ours is such a time, and rising to the challenge, novelist and poet Fanny Howe suggests new and fruitful ways of thinking about both the artist's role and the condition of doubt. In these original meditations on bewilderment, motherhood, imagination, and art-making, Howe takes on conventional systems of belief and argues for another, brave way of proceeding. In the essays "Immanence" and "Work and Love" and those on writers such as Carmelite nun Edith Stein, French mystic Simone Weil, Thomas Hardy, and Ilona Karmel--who were particularly affected by political, philosophical, and existential events in the twentieth century--she directly engages questions of race, gender, religion, faith, language, and political thought and, in doing so, expands the field of the literary essay. A richly evocative memoir, "Seeing Is Believing," situates Howe's own domestic and political life in Boston in the late '60s and early '70s within the broader movement for survival and social justice in the face of that city's racism.

Whether discussing Weil, Stein, Meister Eckhart, Saint Teresa, Samuel Beckett, or Lady Wilde, Howe writes with consummate authority and grace, turning bewilderment into a lens and a light for finding our way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520238404
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/25/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
181
Sales rank:
1,306,022
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Bewilderment5
Fairies24
Immanence39
White Lines61
The Contemporary Logos73
Incubus of the Forlorn82
Purgatory & Other Places99
Catholic107
Work and Love123
After "Prologue"143
Bibliography151
Acknowledgments155

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