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J. Leigh David


Fordham University Press

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125,95 PLN
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David J. Leigh S.J. is Professor of English at Seattle University.''Circuitous Journeys: Modern Spiritual Autobiography provides a close reading and analysis of ten major life stories by twentiethcentury leaders and thinkers from a variety of religious and cultural traditions: Mohandas Gandhi Black Elk Thomas Merton Dorothy Day C. S. Lewis Malcolm X Paul Cowan Rigoberta Menchu Dan Wakefield and Nelson Mandela. '/'''The book uses approaches from literary criticism developmental psychology (influenced by Erik Erikson James Fowler and Carol Gilligan) and spirituality (influenced by John S. Donne Emile Griffin Walter Conn and Bernard Lonergan). '/'''Each text is read in the light of the autobiographical tradition begun by St. Augustines Confessions but with a focus on distinctively modern and postmodern transformations of the selfwriting genre. The twentiethcentury context of religious alienation social autonomy identity crises and politics and the search for social justice is examined in each text.'/'This series of essays comprises a close reading by Leigh (English Seattle Univ.) of the autobiographies of Thomas Merton Dorothy Day C.S. Lewis G.K. Chesterton M. Ghandhi Malcolm X Black Elk Paul Cowan Rigoberta Menchu Dan Wakefield and Nelson Mandela arguing that their religious significance is best discerned by uncovering their literary pattern and the implicit psychological dynamic of the individual autobiographers. A difficulty with the latter is a tendency to reduce the individual autobiographers search for meaning to the resolution of psychological tensions from the perspective of a reified Freudianism e.g. 'One can see in much of Mertons life story a search for the sense of purpose he failed to achieve because of the timing of the death of his mother.' Or 'Days life can be seen as a circular journey to resolve the tensions between the father and mother within her....' Other criticisms: the individual chapters lack a common or similar format to aid readers in following the analysis: the excellent synthetic introduction and cursory conclusion would be better if switched: analysis often seems to be made to fit a Procrustean bed of theory rather than theory flowing from analysis: and the intended audience is unclear. Suitable for graduate students faculty and researchers.Leigh analyzes 10 major 20thcentury figures in the light of the autobiographical tradition begun by Augustines Confessions.Leigh has given readers a model in which spiritual autobiography might fit....This volume will provide a rich source for those engaged in study of spiritual autobiography.

Data Publikacji: 1999-01-01
Wymiary: 228.6 mm 152.4 mm

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