The Resource Sacred land : Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern modernism, and the sacramental vision of nature, Mark Buechsel, (electronic resource)

Sacred land : Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern modernism, and the sacramental vision of nature, Mark Buechsel, (electronic resource)

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Sacred land : Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern modernism, and the sacramental vision of nature
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Sacred land
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Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern modernism, and the sacramental vision of nature
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Mark Buechsel
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eng
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From the 1910s through the 1930s, Midwestern writers were conspicuously prominent in American literary life. A generation of writers from the Midwest had come of age and had shared an important and motivating cultural experience: the encompassing transformation of rural and urban Midwestern life from traditional craftsmanship, manual labor, and local community to a fragmented, machine-driven, and intensely capitalistic mode of existence. A profound sense of lost possibilities pervaded the literary mood of these authors. An organic Midwestern village culture that had only just begun to take definite shape was swept away, and a fruitful and promising region was sacrificed to crass commercialism. In Sacred Land, author Mark Buechsel shows that Sherwood Anderson, Willa Cather, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others, turned to two potential sources for grounding their region's and nation's life authentically: nature itself--particularly the super-abundant nature to be found in Midwestern states and the model provided by the traditional sacramental culture of medieval Europe. The result was a new sacramental vision of how life in the Midwest--and, by extension, life in modern America--might be lived differently. Buechsel demonstrates that each author painted his or her spiritual and cultural vision with different shades and nuances and looked to America's future with varying degrees of optimism. Of crucial importance in each author's work are the characters' encounters with the Midwestern land, a recalcitrant objective reality that refuses to yield to the wrong kinds of dreams. Characters who are genuinely open to what their engagement with the land has to teach them generally find some personal blessing and learn how to claim a fully human place in the order of things. Characters who fail to learn the lessons nature offers become distorted and grotesque, in a way that expresses the modern condition emblematically. Sacred Land shows that in the process of critiquing American culture, Midwestern writers redefined the American pastoral myth so central to the national psyche
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VALIL
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813/.52
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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no index present
LC call number
PS3501.N4
LC item number
Z549 2013eb
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Sacred land : Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern modernism, and the sacramental vision of nature, Mark Buechsel, (electronic resource)
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Sacred land : Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern modernism, and the sacramental vision of nature, Mark Buechsel, (electronic resource)
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Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--Baylor University, 2006
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Includes bibliographical references
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multicolored
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text
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- An American Venus and virgin: the sacramental dynamic of the Midwestern land -- Protestantism, literalism, and the sacramental body of the Midwest -- Winesburg under the sway of "New Englanders' gods": Puritanism, industrialism, materialism, and the Midwestern fall -- "The fields fell into the forms of women": sexual and gendered associations of the land in Horses and men -- Laughing at "fake talk": the guttural silence of the Midwestern land in Dark laughter -- Fleshly but beyond just flesh": the salvific sacramental meaning of the land in Poor white and Beyond desire -- "I'm a good Catholic, but I could get along with caring for trees": nature and sacramental community in Willa Cather's O Pioneers! and My Antonia -- "A story of the West, after all": the sacramental and Midwestern pastoral subtext of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The great Gatsby -- The return to "hard, natural things": from pastoral delusion to rock-bottom reality in Ruth Suckow's The folks -- Sacramentalism in a postmodern farm novel: Ginny Smith's spiritual journey in Jane Smiley's A thousand acres -- Epilogue
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9781612776828
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