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- DescriptionThe American velist John Gardner died in a motorcycle accident in 1982. His vels, in which death and guilt are brooding presences, continue to attract attention. This study reviews Gardner's life and work, examining how his own tragic past prodded him to explore life's deepest mysteries. It breaks new ground by demonstrating how the philosophies of Susanne Langer and Alfred North Whitehead greatly influenced his thought. Gardner wrote that fiction is a vivid and continuous dream. Drawing on the fields of philosophy, religion, psychology, anthropology, and ritual studies, it becomes clear that the vision he would have us dream is a vision of peace, a Whiteheadian tion that says life is meaningful despite the ongoing presence of intractable evils like death and guilt.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Ronald Grant Nutter recently gave up his position as an assistant professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Liteature to relocate and be with his physician wife. In addition to raising their two-year-old son he is pursuing research and writing opportunities while teaching an occasional course at a local college. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, where he concentrated his work in the interdisciplinary area of Religion and Literature.
- Author(s)Ronald Grant Nutter
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleModern American Literature: New Approaches
- Series Part/Volume Number9
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight500 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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