Circuitous Journeys: Modern Spiritual Autobiography

Circuitous Journeys: Modern Spiritual Autobiography

by David J. Leigh

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Overview

Circuitous Journeys: Modern Spiritual Autobiography provides a close reading and analysis of ten major life stories by twentieth-century leaders and thinkers from a variety of religious and cultural traditions: Mohandas Gandhi, Black Elk, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, C. S. Lewis, Malcolm X, Paul Cowan, Rigoberta Menchu, Dan Wakefield, and Nelson Mandela.

The book uses approaches from literary criticism, developmental psychology (influenced by Erik Erikson, James Fowler, and Carol Gilligan), and spirituality (influenced by John S. Donne, Emile Griffin, Walter Conn, and Bernard Lonergan).

Each text is read in the light of the autobiographical tradition begun by St. Augustine’s Confessions, but with a focus on distinctively modern and post-modern transformations of the self-writing genre. The twentieth-century context of religious alienation, social autonomy, identity crises and politics, and the search for social justice is examined in each text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823219940
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Series: Studies in Religion and Literature
Edition description: 3
Pages: 259
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David J. Leigh, S.J. is Professor of English at Seattle University.

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