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Place of Imagination : Wendell Berry and the Poetics of Community, Affection, and Identity (Hardcover)

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&P&Wendell Berry teaches us to love our places—to pay careful attention to where we are, to look beyond and within, and to live in ways that are not captive to the mastery of cultural, social, or economic assumptions about our life in these places. Creation has its own integrity and demands that we confront it. In &I&The Place of Imagination&/I&, Joseph R. Wiebe argues that this confrontation is precisely what shapes our moral capacity to respond to people and to places. Wiebe contends that Berry manifests this moral imagination most acutely in his fiction. Berry’s fiction, however, does not portray an average community or even an ideal one. Instead, he depicts broken communities in broken places—sites and relations scarred by the routines of racial wounds and ecological harm. Yet, in the tracing of Berry’s characters with place-based identities, Wiebe demonstrates the way in which Berry’s fiction comes to embody Berry’s own moral imagination. By joining these ambassadors of Berry’s moral imagination in their fictive journeys, readers, too, can allow imagination to transform their affection, thereby restoring place as a facilitator of identity as well as hope for healed and whole communities. Loving place translates into loving people, which in turn transforms broken human narratives into restored lives rooted and ordered by their places.&/P&
Number of Pages: 262
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Literary Criticism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Baylor Univ Pr
Author: Joseph R. Wiebe
Language: English
Street Date: February 15, 2017
TCIN: 51568233
UPC: 9781481303866
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-6879
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