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Author James, William C. (William Closson), 1943-
Title Locations of the sacred : essays on religion, literature, and Canadian culture / William Closson James.
Imprint Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1998.

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Author James, William C. (William Closson), 1943-
Subject Spirituality in literature.
Religion in literature.
Religion and culture -- Canada.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 270 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes notes at chapter ends, bibliographical references (pages 245-264), and index.
Contents Introduction -- Dislocating the sacred : the Protestant voice ; The Protestant voice -- A Protestant trio : Davies, MacLennan, and Laurence -- Imprisonment and liberation -- How is Canadian literature "religious"? -- The Protestant principle in English-Canadian fiction -- A tentative conclusion -- Relocating the sacred : the human ground of transcendence ; Eternity and transcendence -- "Eternity" in Callaghan and MacLennan -- The ordinary and the sacred in Mitchell and Munro -- Divining the depths in Davies, Laurence, and Atwood -- Conclusion -- Nature as the locale of the sacred ; Native and Christian attitudes -- Some typical Canadian views -- Geography over history -- A new direction -- In quest of the sacred : the canoe trip ; The quest pattern -- States of the quest -- Transformative quest and Canadian character -- The canoe trip as initiation rite -- Conclusion -- Sacred Death : the Belcher Islands Massacre ; Introduction -- Geographical and religious backgrounds -- Narrative of the events -- The contemporary reaction to the murders -- Analysis -- A personal epilogue -- Theodicy and the sacred : A.M. Klein and Hugh MacLennan ; Parallel dislocations -- 'The Second Scroll' as theodicy -- 'The Watch that Ends the Night' and selfhood -- The everyman and the self -- Chaos into cosmos -- Love and the Sacred : the ambiguities of Morley Callaghan's 'Such Is My Beloved' ; Callaghan's "Certain Perceptions" -- The two conflicting realms -- The song of songs : love and the sacred -- Conclusion : incarnational humanism -- Sacred passages : Native symbols in Atwood and Engel ; The female initiation pattern -- Atwood's 'Surfacing' -- Engel's 'Bear' -- Conclusion -- Nordicity and the sacred : the journeys of Thomas York and Aritha van Herk ; The fugitive -- The spiritual quest -- The return to the south in 'Desireless' -- 'No End to This Road' : Aritha van Herk -- Mutuality and the sacred : Joy Kogawa ; From divine abandonment to human solidarity -- Bread and stones and names in 'Obasan' -- From silence to communion -- Conclusion -- Conclusion.
Summary Where do Canadians encounter religious meaning? Not where they used to! In ten lively and wide-ranging essays, William Closson James examines various derivations of the sacred in contemporary Canadian culture. Most of the essays focus on the religious aspects of modern Canadian English fiction -- for example, in essays on the fiction of Hugh MacLennan, Morley Callaghan, Margaret Atwood and Joy Kogawa. But James also explores other, non-literary events and activities in which Canadians have found something transcendant or revelatory. Each of the chapters in Locations of the Sacred can be read independently as a discrete analysis of its subject. Taken as a whole, the essays make up a powerful argument for a new way of looking at the religious in contemporary Canada -- not in the traditional ways of being religious, but in activities and locations previously thought to be "secular." Thus, the domains and modes of the religious are expanded, not restricted.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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ISBN 0585261873 (electronic bk.)
9780585261874 (electronic bk.)
9780889202931 (bound)
0889202931 (bound)
0889207577 (electronic bk.)
9780889207578 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 45731052
Additional Format Print version: James, William Closson. Locations of the sacred. Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1998 0889202931
Table of Contents
Ch. 1Dislocating the Sacred: The Protestant Voice19
  The Protestant Voice19
  A Protestant Trio: Davies, MacLennan, and Laurence22
  Imprisonment and Liberation28
  How Is Canadian Literature "Religious"?30
  The Protestant Principle in English-Canadian Fiction34
  A Tentative Conclusion36
Ch. 2Relocating the Sacred: The Human Ground of Transcendence39
  Eternity and Transcendence39
  "Eternity" in Callaghan and MacLennan42
  The Ordinary and the Sacred in Mitchell and Munro45
  Divining the Depths in Davies, Laurence, and Atwood51
Ch. 3Nature as the Locale of the Sacred61
  Native and Christian Attitudes61
  Some Typical Canadian Views64
  Geography over History69
  A New Direction72
Ch. 4In Quest of the Sacred: The Canoe Trip81
  The Quest Pattern81
  States of the Quest85
  Transformative Quest and Canadian Character91
  The Canoe Trip as Initiation Rite94
Ch. 5Sacred Death: The Belcher Islands Massacre101
  Geographical and Religious Backgrounds103
  Narrative of the Events108
  The Contemporary Reaction to the Murders114
  A Personal Epilogue124
Ch. 6Theodicy and the Sacred: A. M. Klein and Hugh MacLennan131
  Parallel Dislocations131
  The Second Scroll as Theodicy134
  The Watch that Ends the Night and Selfhood137
  The Everyman and the Self143
  Chaos into Cosmos147
Ch. 7Love and the Sacred: The Ambiguities of Morley Callaghan's Such Is My Beloved155
  Callaghan's "Certain Perceptions"155
  The Two Conflicting Realms157
  The Song of Songs: Love and the Sacred161
  Conclusion: Incarnational Humanism167
Ch. 8Sacred Passages: Native Symbols in Atwood and Engel171
  The Female Initiation Pattern171
  Atwood's Surfacing174
  Engel's Bear178
Ch. 9Nordicity and the Sacred: The Journeys of Thomas York and Aritha van Herk189
  The Fugitive189
  The Spiritual Quest192
  The Return to the South in Desireless205
  "No End to This Road": Aritha van Herk207
Ch. 10Mutuality and the Sacred: Joy Kogawa213
  From Divine Abandonment to Human Solidarity213
  Bread and Stones and Names in Obasan223
  From Silence to Communion228

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