Wendell Berry: Life and Work - Culture of the Land (Paperback)
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Wendell Berry: Life and Work - Culture of the Land (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 11/06/2010
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The South has always been one of the most distinctive regions of the United States, with its own set of traditions and a turbulent history. Although often associated with cotton, hearty food, and rich dialects, the South is also noted for its strong sense of religion, which has significantly shaped its history. Dramatic political, social, and economic events have often shaped the development of southern religion, making the nuanced dissection of the religious history of the region a difficult undertaking. For instance, segregation and the subsequent civil rights movement profoundly affected churches in the South as they sought to mesh the tenets of their faith with the prevailing culture. Editors Walter H. Conser and Rodger M. Payne and the book's contributors place their work firmly in the trend of modern studies of southern religion that analyze cultural changes to gain a better understanding of religion's place in southern culture now and in the future. Southern Crossroads: Perspectives on Religion and Culture takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach that explores the intersection of religion and various aspects of southern life. The volume is organized into three sections, such as "Religious Aspects of Southern Culture," that deal with a variety of topics, including food, art, literature, violence, ritual, shrines, music, and interactions among religious groups. The authors survey many combinations of religion and culture, with discussions ranging from the effect of Elvis Presley's music on southern spirituality to yard shrines in Miami to the archaeological record of African American slave religion. The book explores the experiences of immigrant religious groups in the South, also dealing with the reactions of native southerners to the groups arriving in the region. The authors discuss the emergence of religious and cultural acceptance, as well as some of the apparent resistance to this development, as they explore the experiences of Buddhist Americans in the South and Jewish foodways. Southern Crossroads also looks at distinct markers of religious identity and the role they play in gender, politics, ritual, and violence. The authors address issues such as the role of women in Southern Baptist churches and the religious overtones of lynching, with its themes of blood sacrifice and atonement. Southern Crossroads offers valuable insights into how southern religion is studied and how people and congregations evolve and adapt in an age of constant cultural change.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813192574
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 534 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

""I can't think of any subject matter more timely, and timeless, than the suite of ideas that Wendell Berry has championed over the years. While giving thoughtful attention to those ideas, this anthology also offers rare insight into the person behind the words. Like the unmistakable laugh of Mr. Berry himself, it is sure to leave readers both invigorated, and basking in the grace of this gentle, wise man." --Jennifer Sahn, editor of Orion magazine" --


""This is a superb collection. Berry is one of America's greatest social critics, essayists, and poets, and the grand simplicity and unity of his life and thoughts emerges from the fascinating details of his personal history, captured beautifully in the words of his friends." --David Ehrenfeld, author of The Arrogance of Humanism and Swimming Lessons: Ke" --


""Though the 'characters' herein are real people, there is magic in this book that rivals the best of Wendell Berry's writings. Over and over we see solitary readers grappling with Berry's art and thought amid struggles and in places unknown to the author. The magic is that they receive direction and succor even so. The loving reciprocity of these 'What I've Gained from Wendell' tales is so natural yet powerful it brings to mind planting and harvesting. The integrity-filled life, poetic depth, devastating prophesies, and superlative prose of Mr. Berry long ago achieved a consistency that verges on the relentless. To see his good work gently rise from the page, years and miles later, to touch lives he has not imagined in ways he has not foreseen, converts this near relentlessness into simple grace." --David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K" --


""[A] stimulating collection. Berry has long deserved such a masterful collection as this. Peters' volume does what the best of the collections always do: It drives us to pick up Berry's writings and read them over and over again." --Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., Charlotte Observer" --


""The essays collected by Peters unearth a simplicity and unity beneath Berry's complex surface, proffering a source of inspiration for those seeking to live life better and encouraging audiences to forsake worldly consumerism in favor of consumption of Berry's words." --Kentucky Monthly" --


""If it is true that we live lives of noisy desperation, prone to the seductions of fashion and to the 'thrall of our appetites, ' we could do worse than to hear a voice that offers an alternative. Wendell Berry: Life and Work is a rewarding way to begin listening to such a voice." --Paul Doerksen, Winnipeg Free Press" --


""The most comprehensive single source evaluating Berry and his impact." --Whitney Hale, UK News" --


""Pairing literary criticism with more personal work, Peters' volume does a remarkable jobn connecting the dots between Berry's physical labors and his intellectual ones." --The Post and Courier (online)" --


""This appreciation of Berry by friends and colleagues is a fitting tribute to a man whose writing truly has the power to change lives." --Carmichael's Bookstore Catalog" --


""Those who admire Berry's work will want to pick up this book even if they may already own some of its contents, because there is no other single volume that paints so complete a portrait of this remarkable man." --Scott P. Richert, The University Bookman" --


""Anyone undertaking a serious study of Berry will want this book. Those familiar with only one of his genres will find it a helpful introduction to the full range of his writing and activism." --Lisa Woolley, Bloomsburg Review" --


""The wonderful thing about this collection of essays is that it demonstrates just how varied and far-reaching Berry's influence has been and how meaningful his work is to his readers in so many different ways." --Resurgence" --


""Taken in sum, these essays illuminate the life and work of one of America's most provocative native thinkers in which the reader senses what the subject professes he lives." --Richard Taylor, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society" --


""Shuman and Owens... presents articles based on how the work of author Wendell Berry can be interpreted in the context of living a true Christian life." --Book News Inc." --


""[The contributors] discuss [Berry's] placing community and interaction for the common good over the centralization of the work and life of the world." --Mary Popham, Courier-Journal.com" --


""A broad collection of writers examines the famous Kentucky agrarian writer's work through a series of essays." --Lexington Herald-Leader" --


""This collection is a must-read, must-own....It is filled with the richness of writings from the essayists who delineate not only Wendell Berry's great works, but give us a glimpse of the man, one of Kentucky's greatest wonders." --Mary Popham, Louisville Courier-Journal" --


""This is a remarkable collection for reference and reflection."--Mary Popham, The Courier Journal" --


""This collection of essays put together by editor Jason Petes are written by 27 scholars, activists, and fellow authors that 'unite considreations on Berry's thinking, friendships, and labor.'...[It] is perhaps as good a glance inside the soul of Wendell Berry as one could hope for." -- Modern Mountain Magazine" --


""Not only reminds us why it is such a pleasure to read Wendell Berry's work...but it further compels readers to take seriously the implications of his work for their own lives and in their own communities. In doing so, it serves to extend the already considerable reach of Berry's legacy."--Journal of Agriculture and Human Values" --


"In many ways, this collection reads like a tribute to Wendell Berry and through this tribute the authors lead the reader into Berry's thoughts on community, responsibility, and fidelity and these qualities are the yardsticks of happiness. One of the points driven home by this collection is that one should not consider the writingsof Wendell Berry without also considering his life, and thus the title of this collection is appropriate. -- Jacob Jones, University of Florida" -- Jacob Jones

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