The Language of Grace

Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and Iris Murdoch (Seabury Classics)

Peter S. Hawkins

Sep/2004, 144 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781596280021



Seabury Classics
Hawkins explores both traditional and contemporary ways grace has been handled in literature. The traditional representation of grace is explained using, among other things, the parables of Jesus. Then he turns to more contemporary literature, including O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find, Percy's The Second Coming, and Murdoch's A Word Child. Through these novels and short stories, Hawkins highlights the impoverishment of spirit and imagination when religious language fails us. He presents three writers struggling to bridge the gap between ourselves and those mysterious realities we can no longer talk about.

Peter S. Hawkins is professor of religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. A leading scholar in the field of religion and literature, his books include Dante’s Testaments, The Poet’s Dante, The Language of Grace, and a four-volume series, Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith.

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