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The Christ Haunted Landscape: Faith And Doubt In Southern Fiction

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Here are Susan Ketchin's discerning interviews with twelve southerners living and writing in the South, and along with a piece of fiction by each are her penetrating commentaries about the impact of southern religious experience on their work.

A little more than a generation ago Flannery O'Connor made a startling observation about herself and her fellow southerners: "By and

Hardcover, 408 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by University Press of Mississippi (first published December 31st 1993)
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Flannery O'Connor said "I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted." From these words, the title of The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction was born. The book consists of twelve interviews Susan Ketchin conducted with Southern authors about the roles played by faith and doubt in their lives and their writing. Each interview was preceded by a brief biography and either a short story or an excerpt from a b ...more
Luann Ritsema
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A series of excerpts and interviews with 12 Southern writers focusing on the subject of the influence of religious/Christian faith on their writing/as subject.

I dipped into this over a period of weeks and grew to like it as a whole. I'd read some of the writers before, some I had resisted and was curious about others. The excerpts were interesting selections for the most part -- the interviews were pretty interesting though I felt the interviewer had a tendency to fawn over the writers. Frankly
Kathy Stone
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This critical essay series is told through a short essay about an author, an interview with the author, and then an example of the author's writing. It is a great collection on where southern literature meets its religious upbringing. ...more
James Aura
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're interested in Southern fiction this is a very good overview with some of the South's most acclaimed authors. It introduced me to a couple I was not familiar with. Very enjoyable. ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up in the south, though not a church-goer, still fear of hell, ect and this book explains why we are like that...great interviews and pieces from southern others that i have never read...helps put a little water on the fire of fire and brimstone to know that others feel this
Mary Frances
Some of the stories are well-crafted, some deep, some confusing, all pretty sad and many overwrought. Well, it is Southern fiction. Which I don't generally enjoy. However, the interviews with the authors are very interesting. ...more
This book is takes an interesting look into the religious thoughts of some of the most popular American-Southern writers of our day -- through interviews and short samples of their fiction. So much fun. I only wish Flannery O'Connor had been alive for an interview when Dr. Ketchin did this book. ...more
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Madly Jane
Love this book. It's so insightful into the landscape of southern fiction. Highly recommended if you like southern fiction and want a look into the mythic side of things. ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
There are so many parts in this book that ring true. It's almost therapeutic to read it. ...more
Nov 18, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to read about religion/spirituality/southern lit
I must qualify this some, I haven't read all of the book. BUT it's a great anthology that shows how various southern authors have been affected by their belief (or lack thereof) in a Higher Power ...more
Jun 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the title of this book. It was required for a Southern Lit class but I enjoyed every minute of it.
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