Circuitous Journeys Modern Spiritual Autobiography

ISBN-10: 0823219941

ISBN-13: 9780823219940

Edition: 3rd 1999

Authors: David J. Leigh

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Circuitous Journeys: Modern Spiritual Autobiography provides a close reading and analysis of ten major life stories by twentieth-century leaders and thinkers from a variety of religious and cultural traditions: Mohandas Gandhi, Black Elk, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, C. S. Lewis, Malcolm X, Paul Cowan, Rigoberta Menchu, Dan Wakefield, and Nelson Mandela. The book uses approaches from literary criticism, developmental psychology (influenced by Erik Erikson, James Fowler, and Carol Gilligan), and spirituality (influenced by John S. Donne, Emile Griffin, Walter Conn, and Bernard Lonergan). Each text is read in the light of the autobiographical tradition begun by St. Augustines Confessions, but with a focus on distinctively modern and post-modern transformations of the self-writing genre. The twentieth-century context of religious alienation, social autonomy, identity crises and politics, and the search for social justice is examined in each text.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 259
Size: 8.90" wide x 5.90" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain
Dorothy Day's The Long Loneliness
The Psychology of Conversion in G. K. Chesteron and C. S. Lewis
The Dual Plot of Gandhi's An Autobiography
Malcolm X and the Black Muslim Search for the Ultimate
Black Elk Speaks: A Century Later
The Remaking of an American Jew: Paul Cowan's An Orphan in History
I, Rigoberta Menchu: The Plotting of Liberation
Dan Wakefield's Returning
Retraveling the Century: Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom
Conclusion
Index
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