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Reclaiming the Sacred Commons

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Wendell Berry’s creative nonfiction has been chiefly inspired by the author’s longstanding relation to his home place in Kentucky. It embodies his religious conviction that land should be understood ... More


Wendell Berry: Herald of the New Agrarianism

Gene Logsdon

in The Mother of All Arts: Agrarianism and the Creative Impulse

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124438
eISBN:
9780813134734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124438.003.0009
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter discusses Wendell Berry, a poet who includes agricultural themes in his poems. He is described as a writer of many parts, and as an essayist, Berry can be a polemicist of rather ... More


Learning to Love Creation: The Religious Tenor of Contemporary Ecopoetry

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Unlike most environmental prose, present-day “ecopoetry” centers its imaginative attention on praise rather than protest, love of earth rather than rage. It reflects newfound awareness of nature’s ... More


Practices, Particulars, and Virtues: What Mules Taught Wendell Berry

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

in The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130071
eISBN:
9780813135731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter shows how the roots of Wendell Berry's ideas may lie in his learning the discipline of the teamster. It highlights the centrality of practices, particulars, and virtues to Berry's ... More


Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place

Jack R. Baker and Jeffrey Bilbro

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813169026
eISBN:
9780813169637
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169026.001.0001
Subject:
Education, Higher Education

The current university system caters to Americans’ consumerist, selfish motives: universities promise to deliver lucrative employment and “upward mobility,” and for these sought-after commodities ... More


Propriety and Trespass: The Drama of Eating

Ellen F. Davis

in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

Contrary to the popular view, the first chapters of Genesis do not attempt to instruct us about the process by which the species came into being ("the origin of species"), but rather about the ... More


Toward a Peaceable Economy for a Beloved Country: Berry as Agrarian, Citizen, and Patriot

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

in The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130071
eISBN:
9780813135731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter deals with Wendell Berry's political and economic thought, broadly construed. Berry has been particularly perceptive in analyzing the ways of increasingly “total economy” undermines ... More


Against the Church, for the Church: Berry and Christianity

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

in The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130071
eISBN:
9780813135731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter takes as its starting point a question once posed by one of the author's students: is Wendell Berry's work dependent on Christianity? The chapter first addresses Berry's consistent ... More


The Love of Wendell Berry

Eric T. Freyfogle

in A Good That Transcends: How US Culture Undermines Environmental Reform

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226326085
eISBN:
9780226326252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226326252.003.0003
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

For many, the Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry has provided the surest conservation voice in the United States over the past several decades, especially for his appealing agrarian visions, ... More


The “Art of Being Here”: The Poetry

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

in The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130071
eISBN:
9780813135731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter provides a consideration of Wendell Berry's work as a poet, a task he has understood, in traditional terms, to be one of renewing the language. It specifically explores Berry's thoughts ... More


To Envision the Future

Laura M. Hartman

in The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199746422
eISBN:
9780199918751
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746422.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

When Christians consider consumption, they often do so by reference to an eschatological vision of a fulfilled world. Though there is considerable diversity within Christianity regarding the fate of ... More


The Religious Significance of Some Built and Natural Environments

Mark R. Wynn

in Faith and Place: An Essay in Embodied Religious Epistemology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560387
eISBN:
9780191721175
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560387.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter continues the discussion of Chapter 6, by examining the human significance of a number of built and natural environments, unrelated to pilgrimage practice. Again, the three models of the ... More


Introduction

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

in The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130071
eISBN:
9780813135731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Wendell Berry has become a major voice in the argument for a new agrarianism. It is argued that he passes the moral test he sets for himself: nothing that he has written “countenances” the misuse, ... More


Remembering the Names: Andy Catlett, Nathan Coulter, A World Lost, Remembering, and The Memory of Old Jack

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

in The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130071
eISBN:
9780813135731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter offers a discussion of Wendell Berry's five short novels, namely Andy Catlett: Early Travels, Nathan Coulter, A World Lost, Remembering, and The Memory of Old Jack. Andy Catlett is ... More


The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130071
eISBN:
9780813135731
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Arguably one of the most important American writers working today, Wendell Berry, is the author of more than fifty books, including novels and collections of poems, short stories, and essays. A ... More


Imagining the Practice of Peace in a Century of War: A Place on Earth, Hannah Coulter, and Jayber Crow

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

in The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130071
eISBN:
9780813135731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter deals with Wendell Berry's three longest novels, A Place on Earth, Hannah Coulter, and The Life Story of Jayber Crow, Barber, of the Port William Membership, as Written by Himself. These ... More


Regionalisms Now

June Howard

in The Center of the World: Regional Writing and the Puzzles of Place-Time

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198821397
eISBN:
9780191867897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198821397.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The fifth chapter of The Center of the World: Regional Writing and the Puzzles of Place-Time is titled “Regionalisms Now.” It mobilizes the analytic categories developed in previous chapters in an ... More


A Good That Transcends: How US Culture Undermines Environmental Reform

Eric T. Freyfogle

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226326085
eISBN:
9780226326252
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226326252.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Long-simmering environmental problems originate in human actions that alter nature in ways deemed abusive or degrading. The root causes of environmental ills are thus the forces and factors that ... More


Spirits of Pilgrimage, Peregrination, and Re-Placement

John Gatta

in Spirits of Place in American Literary Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190646547
eISBN:
9780190646578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190646547.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Movement, immigration, and pilgrimage have long been keynotes of American experience. Following the opening chapter’s attention on the spiritual inscape of home dwellings, this chapter concerns ... More


The Mother of All Arts: Agrarianism and the Creative Impulse

Gene Logsdon

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124438
eISBN:
9780813134734
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124438.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

When Gene Logsdon realized that he experienced the same creative joy from farming as he did from writing, he suspected that agriculture itself was a form of art. Thus began his search for the origins ... More


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