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Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture
     

Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture

by Larry Woiwode
 

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Larry Woiwode frames this new collection of essays in the language of the incarnation, the event that shows “how a metaphor of words could contain the lineaments and inner workings of a human being.” The essays that follow do just that. Through the medium of literary analysis, cultural reflection, and personal memory, they trace Woiwode’s work and

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Larry Woiwode frames this new collection of essays in the language of the incarnation, the event that shows “how a metaphor of words could contain the lineaments and inner workings of a human being.” The essays that follow do just that. Through the medium of literary analysis, cultural reflection, and personal memory, they trace Woiwode’s work and thought as well as that of the vivid human beings he depicts.  

These essays, all revised and reworked since their original publication, include reflections on Scripture translation, the place of religion in education, how John Updike’s work reflects the theology of Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth, and the difference between the news as delivered by CNN and Bob Dylan. Woiwode ranges over these topics with deliberate thoughtfulness, a Christian engaged with the wounds and gifts of the world. He also does so with the care of a writer for whom “the Word is home.” The shape of that Word sets the pattern for what he has written here: not “a set of rules to regulate social behavior,” but “an ordering of stories . . . with glimpses into character.”  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In these newly revised essays, award-winning author Woiwode (What I Think I Did) journeys through topics near and dear to his heart: home and place, Shakespeare and Updike, Bob Dylan and CNN. He illuminates his essays with a Christian perspective, which argues that as we become culturally disconnected from our scriptural heritage, "the verve and excitement of discovery" evaporates from language. Woiwode works to infuse life back into words, finding the sacred in Updike's conviction that the truth can't shock God, in the stricken eyes of a dying deer. Woiwode believes in the incarnational value of story, and his essays, filled with recollections, offer the enjoyment of eavesdropping on the conversations of a man who has lived richly for the past 50 years. Readers might wish for more than a scant five pages on Reynolds Price, fewer on Updike, but the essays on Wendell Berry, on Woiwode's North Dakota home, and on Shakespeare satisfy without overdoing. Despite some unevenness, Woiwode's skill with and love of both words and the Word infuse these pages. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433527432
Publisher:
Crossway
Publication date:
06/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
672 KB

Meet the Author

Larry Woiwode is a Guggenheim and Lannan Fellow, recipient of the William Faulkner Foundation Award and John DosPassos Prize, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Book Critics Circle Award, and has received the Medal of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters “for distinction in the art of the short story.” His work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Books & Culture, and The Atlantic. He is Poet Laureate of North Dakota, Writer-in-Residence at Jamestown College, and author of Words Made Fresh and Words for Readers and Writers

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