The Christ-Haunted Landscape by Susan Ketchin
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 large," she said, "people in the South still conceive of humanity in theological terms. While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner who isn't convinced of it is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God."

Guided by O'Connor's perceptive commentary about southerners in general, Susan Ketchin has created a deeply revealing collection that mirrors the pervasive role of religion in the literature by the recent generation of notable southern writers. Ketchin confirms that "old-time religion" remains a potent force in the literature of the contemporary South.

Susan Ketchin, a writer, editor, and musician, lives in Orange County, North Carolina.


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Susan Ketchin is the author of The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction. Formerly fiction editor at Algonquin Books and DoubleTake magazine, she is currently a teaching research associate at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Published January 1, 1994 by University Press of Mississippi. 428 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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