Textual Intimacy: Autobiography and Religious Identities

Textual Intimacy: Autobiography and Religious Identities

By: Wesley A. Kort (author)Paperback

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Given its affinity with questions of identity, autobiography offers a way into the interior space between author and reader, especially when writers define themselves in terms of religion. In his exploration of this ""textual intimacy,"" Wesley Kort begins with a theorisation of what it means to say who one is and how one's self-account as a religious person stands in relation to other forms of self-identification. He then provides a critical analysis of autobiographical texts by nine contemporary American writers -- including Maya Angelou, Philip Roth, and Anne Lamott -- who give religion a positive place in their accounts of who they are. Finally, in disclosing his own religious identity, Kort concludes with a meditation on several meanings of the word assumption.

About Author

Wesley A. Kort, Professor of Religion at Duke University, is the author of Place and Space in Modern Fiction.

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  • ISBN13: 9780813932774
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780813932774
  • ISBN10: 0813932777

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