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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
About the Author
Wesley A. Kort, Professor of Religion at Duke University, is the author of Place and Space in Modern Fiction.
Table of Contents
Part I Theoretical
1 Telling You Who I Am 11
2 Narrative and Self-Accounts 37
3 Disclosing a Religious Identity 58
Part II Critical
4 Religious Debtors 87
5 Religious Dwellers 119
6 Religious Diviners 147
Part III Personal
7 Moving Out: Grounding a Religious Identity 177
8 On My Own: Taking on a Religious Identity 197
9 Looking Ahead: Religious Identity as Being Received 219