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Religion and Sexuality in American Literature : Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture - Ann-Janine Morey

Religion and Sexuality in American Literature

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

Hardcover Published: 26th June 1992
ISBN: 9780521416764
Number Of Pages: 292

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Although sometimes religion and sexuality are treated as an aberrant theme in American literary and religious history, American writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to John Updike have been fascinated with the connection between religious and sexual experience. Through the voice of American fiction, Religion and Sexuality in American Literature examines the relations of body and spirit (religion and sexuality) by asking two basic questions: How have American novelists handled the interaction between religious and sexual experience? Are there instructive similarities and differences in how male and female authors write about religion and sexuality? Using both canonical and noncanonical fiction, Ann-Janine Morey examines novels dealing with the ministry as the medium wherein so many of the tensions of religion and sexuality are dramatized and then moves to contemporary novels that deal with moral and religious issues through metaphor. Based upon a sophisticated and selective application of metaphor theory, deconstruction, and feminist postmodernism, Morey argues that while American fiction has replicated many traditional animosities, there are also some rather surprising resources here for commonality between men and women if we acknowledge and understand the intimate relationship between language and physical life.

"Morey demonstrates her familiarity with all the correct methodologies, from deconstructionism to feminist postmodernism, but her aim is to illumine the commonalities between spirit and body, men and women. She succeeds, gracefully." First Things "This is a book with many virtues. As Ann-Janine Morey lucidly explains, it is an investigation of the manner in which American novelists have 'handled the interaction between religious and sexual experience.' And she has handled that investigation with eclat. Her fourteen-page introduction delineates the parameters of her study with a precision and clarity that is characteristic of the text as a whole. Morey's grasp of the issues, both historical and contemporary, is impressive...'Religion and Sexuality in American Literature' is an important contribution that should provoke much scholarly discussion." Anita Gandolfo, Critical Review

Introduction
Body Language: Religion, Sexuality and the Bioluminescence of Metaphor
The Stubborn Density of Desire: Religion and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
A Tradition of Divine Lechery: Men write about the Ministry
A War of Words: Women write about the Ministry
Comfort to the Enemy: Women write about the Ministry
The Fox in the Well: Metaphors of Embodiment in the Androcentric Imagination
Fatal Abstractions: Metaphors of Embodiment in the Gynocentric Imagination
Conclusion: Words are not the Thing itself
Appendices
Bibliography
Index.
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ISBN: 9780521416764
ISBN-10: 0521416760
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 26th June 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.6