Holy Ground: The Sacramental Landscape of Berry's Port William
Collier, John, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Jenkins, Willis, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Holy Ground: The Sacramental Landscape of Berry's Port William argues that the world Berry imagines is, when understood in theological terms, thoroughly sacramental. The town of Port William, Kentucky, that center point for Berry's fiction, is a locale where grace arrives via the land, the community and her ordinary (though unexpected) priestly characters. This argument emerges from a close reading of Berry's fiction and is bolstered by demonstrating Berry's indebtedness to the Greek Orthodox translator and philosopher Philip Sherrard.
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
wendell berry, sacramental theology, religion and literature
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