Textual Intimacy: Autobiography and Religious Identities

Textual Intimacy: Autobiography and Religious Identities

by Wesley A. Kort


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Textual Intimacy: Autobiography and Religious Identities by Wesley A. Kort

Given its affinity with questions of identity, autobiography offers a way into the interior space between author and reader, especially when writers define themselves in terms of religion. In his exploration of this "textual intimacy,"
Wesley Kort begins with a theorization of what it means to say who one is and how one's self-account as a religious person stands in relation to other forms of self-identification. He then provides a critical analysis of autobiographical texts by nine contemporary American writers—including Maya Angelou, Philip Roth, and Anne Lamott—who give religion a positive place in their accounts of who they are. Finally, in disclosing his own religious identity, Kort concludes with a meditation on several meanings of the word

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813932774
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication date: 05/23/2012
Series: Studies in Religion and Culture Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wesley A. Kort, Professor of Religion at Duke University, is the author of Place and Space in Modern Fiction.

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