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Locations of the sacred : essays on religion, literature, and Canadian culture

Author: William C James
Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1998.
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Where do Canadians encounter religious meaning? Not where they used to! In ten lively and wide-ranging essays, William Closson James examines various derivations of the sacred in contemporary Canadian culture. Most of the essays focus on the religious aspects of modern Canadian English fiction -- for example, in essays on the fiction of Hugh MacLennan, Morley Callaghan, Margaret Atwood and Joy Kogawa. But James also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Livres numériques
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
James, William Closson.
Locations of the sacred.
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1998
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William C James
ISBN: 0585261873 9780585261874 9780889202931 0889202931 0889207577 9780889207578 1280925043 9781280925047
OCLC Number: 45731052
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 270 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction --
Dislocating the sacred : the Protestant voice ; The Protestant voice --
A Protestant trio : Davies, MacLennan, and Laurence --
Imprisonment and liberation --
How is Canadian literature "religious"? --
The Protestant principle in English-Canadian fiction --
A tentative conclusion --
Relocating the sacred : the human ground of transcendence ; Eternity and transcendence --
"Eternity" in Callaghan and MacLennan --
The ordinary and the sacred in Mitchell and Munro --
Divining the depths in Davies, Laurence, and Atwood --
Conclusion --
Nature as the locale of the sacred ; Native and Christian attitudes --
Some typical Canadian views --
Geography over history --
A new direction --
In quest of the sacred : the canoe trip ; The quest pattern --
States of the quest --
Transformative quest and Canadian character --
The canoe trip as initiation rite --
Conclusion --
Sacred Death : the Belcher Islands Massacre ; Introduction --
Geographical and religious backgrounds --
Narrative of the events --
The contemporary reaction to the murders --
Analysis --
A personal epilogue --
Theodicy and the sacred : A.M. Klein and Hugh MacLennan ; Parallel dislocations --
'The Second Scroll' as theodicy --
'The Watch that Ends the Night' and selfhood --
The everyman and the self --
Chaos into cosmos --
Love and the Sacred : the ambiguities of Morley Callaghan's 'Such Is My Beloved' ; Callaghan's "Certain Perceptions" --
The two conflicting realms --
The song of songs : love and the sacred --
Conclusion : incarnational humanism --
Sacred passages : Native symbols in Atwood and Engel ; The female initiation pattern --
Atwood's 'Surfacing' --
Engel's 'Bear' --
Conclusion --
Nordicity and the sacred : the journeys of Thomas York and Aritha van Herk ; The fugitive --
The spiritual quest --
The return to the south in 'Desireless' --
'No End to This Road' : Aritha van Herk --
Mutuality and the sacred : Joy Kogawa ; From divine abandonment to human solidarity --
Bread and stones and names in 'Obasan' --
From silence to communion --
Conclusion --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: William Closson James.
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Where do Canadians encounter religious meaning? Not where they used to! In ten lively and wide-ranging essays, William Closson James examines various derivations of the sacred in contemporary Canadian culture. Most of the essays focus on the religious aspects of modern Canadian English fiction -- for example, in essays on the fiction of Hugh MacLennan, Morley Callaghan, Margaret Atwood and Joy Kogawa. But James also explores other, non-literary events and activities in which Canadians have found something transcendant or revelatory. Each of the chapters in Locations of the Sacred can be read independently as a discrete analysis of its subject. Taken as a whole, the essays make up a powerful argument for a new way of looking at the religious in contemporary Canada -- not in the traditional ways of being religious, but in activities and locations previously thought to be "secular." Thus, the domains and modes of the religious are expanded, not restricted.

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