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- DescriptionThis book offers original inroads to understanding the life and works of the celebrated velist and poet. In The Way We Read James Dickey editors William B. Thesing and Theda Wrede have assembled an outstanding collection of current critical responses to the works of the acclaimed velist, poet, and teacher, including essays by Dickey's former colleagues at the University of South Carolina and a piece by his most famous student, velist Pat Conroy. The volume breaks new ground in the application of invative critical approaches and restores Dickey to his rightful place in the literary can as a remarkable writer who crafted some of the best poetry and fiction of the twentieth century. A decade after Dickey's death and thirty-five years after the release of the film version of his famous vel Deliverance, Dickey remains a controversial figure in the American literary landscape. He was an intellectual maverick who was often ahead of his time, and yet he responded intensely, almost obsessively, to his own changing times. Thesing and Wrede argue that, although he appeared to conform to poetic conventions, his writing was a visionary reinterpretation and extension of preexisting traditions. This tension between a poet's intellectual precursors and the radical invation of his work is the inspiration behind the fresh approaches taken by the contributors in this volume, just as it energized Dickey's own endeavors. The essays offer original insights through emerging scholarly perspectives as well as through established methods of critique. The contributors address a range of themes in Dickey's works, including gender, religion, humanity's relationship to nature, and the writer's cultural context. This landmark reappraisal of Dickey's legacy offers readers a coherent forum that addresses why his writings remain relevant today, thus restoring and revaluing the rising significance of Dickey's literary achievement for twenty-first-century audiences.
- Author BiographyWilliam B. Thesing, a distinguished professor emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina, was a colleague of James Dickey's for two decades. From 2003 to 2008 Thesing served as editor of the James Dickey Newsletter. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, including The London Muse, winner of the 1980 SAMLA Studies Book Award. Theda Wrede is an assistant professor of English at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. From 2003 to 2006 she was an editorial assistant for the James Dickey Newsletter. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and elsewhere.
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2009
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Note5 illustrations
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byTheda Wrede,William B. Thesing
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