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The way we read James Dickey : critical approaches for the twenty-first century

Author: William B Thesing; Theda Wrede
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©2009.
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In The Way We Read James Dickey, editors William B. Thesing and Theda Wrede have assembled an outstanding collection of current critical responses to the works of the acclaimed novelist, poet, and teacher, including essays by Dickey's former colleagues at the University of South Carolina and a piece by his most famous student, novelist Pat Conroy. The volume breaks new ground in the application of innovative  Read more...
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Named Person: James Dickey; James Dickey; James Dickey
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William B Thesing; Theda Wrede
ISBN: 9781570038037 1570038031
OCLC Number: 265733546
Description: vi, 261 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : From dust to deliverance / William B. Thesing and Theda Wrede --
Part 1 : Influence and reputation debates. "Wild to be wreckage forever" : Dickey's influence and reputation / Pat Conroy ; Writing one's immortality : Dickey's reputation as a southern writer / Casey Clabough ; Forging alliances : James Dickey / James Dickey Newsletter, Joyce M. Pair --
Part 2 : Artistic and mythmaking experiences. "More in two worlds than one" : the imagination and writing process of James Dickey / Gary Leising ; Structures of transcendence : Dickey's male self and the other / James Applewhite ; Adherence to Propp : James Dickey's Deliverance in novel and film / Cherry Levin ; James Dickey and his reader : the movement from Drowning to Deliverance / Randall Smith --
Part 3 : Religious matters. The theme of the visionary poet / Marion Hodge ; "Reeling and staggering" : the ecstatic moment in the poetry of James Dickey / Kevin Lewis ; The religious impulse and Dickey's "The owl king" / Keen Butterworth ; James Dickey's pantheism: nature and philosophy in the Last motion / Gordon Van Ness --
Part 4 : Cultural and societal contexts. The war poetry of James Dickey / Lorrie Goldensohn ; Mock primitive : the artful ethnography of James Dickey / Daniel Cross Turner ; Nature and gender in James Dickey's Deliverance : an ecofeminist reading / Theda Wrede --
Part 5 : Gender issues. The buggering hillbilly and the buddy movie : male sexuality in Deliverance / Ed Madden ; Ed Gentry's "man crush" : idolatry, power, and love in James Dickey's Deliverance / Jennifer Schell ; Gender, being, and artifice in James Dickey's Puella / Edward Larrissy ; "How willing to let anything be done" : James Dickey's feminist praxis / Jennie Lightweis-Goff.
Responsibility: edited by William B. Thesing and Theda Wrede.
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In The Way We Read James Dickey, editors William B. Thesing and Theda Wrede have assembled an outstanding collection of current critical responses to the works of the acclaimed novelist, poet, and teacher, including essays by Dickey's former colleagues at the University of South Carolina and a piece by his most famous student, novelist Pat Conroy. The volume breaks new ground in the application of innovative critical approaches and restores Dickey to is rightful place in the literary canon as a remarkable writer who crafted some of the best poetry and fiction of the twentieth century. A decade after Dickey's death and thirty-five years after the release of the film version of his famous novel Deliverance, Dickey remains a controversial figure in the American literary landscape. He was an intellectual maverick who was often ahead of his time, and yet he responded intensely, almost obsessively, to his own changing times. Thesing and Wrede argue that, although he appeared to conform to poetic conventions, his writing was a visionary reinterpretation and extension of preexisting traditions. This tension between a poet's intellectual precursors and the radical innovation of his work is the inspiration behind the fresh approaches taken by the contributors in this volume, just as it energized Dickey's own endeavors. The essays offer original insights through emerging scholarly perspectives as well as through established methods of critique. The contributors address a range of themes in Dickey's works, including gender, religion, humanity's relationship to nature, and the writer's cultural context. This landmark reappraisal of Dickey's legacy offers readers a coherent forum that addresses why his writings remain relevant today, thus restoring and revaluing the rising significance of Dickey's literary achievement for twenty-first-century audiences. --Publisher description.

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