Summary: The first book-length treatment of the flowering of American Mennonite writing of the last two decades, this book combines careful scholarship with Jeff Gundys frank, sometimes sardonic, often funny, deeply engaged commentary on Mennonite writing and culture.
Walker in the Fog explores important Mennonite and related authorsPatrick Friesen, William Stafford, Julia Kasdorf, Jean Janzen, Keith Ratzlaff, and othersas well as crucial issues and themes, such as power and authority, myths of origin and possibility, heresy and community.
Walker combines revised versions of path-breaking critical essays such as "Humility in Mennonite Literature" and "American Mennonite Poetry and Poets" with Gundys visionary and lyrical explorations of Mennonite writing and identity, including several chapters written especially for this book
"Do we all imagine that we have the clarity others lack, when in truth we are all just walkers in the same fog?" Gundy asks. "We might then determine to listen to others reports of the weather and the landscape very carefully, to learn of that which is obscured in the fog from where we walk, but clearer from another point of view."
may be walking through the fog of Mennonite
literature and culture, but as he wanders along he
ignites fireworks to enlighten our way. As in his fine
poems, he bravely follows the muse of complex thinking,
even if it leads to contradictions and shifting positions
in the journey. Moving back and forth in his stance
somewhere between John Ruth and Al Reimer, Gundy clearly
prefers Gnosticism to orthodoxy, Scott Holland to H. S.
Bender, and Pilgram Marpeck to Menno Simons. Walker
in the Fog gives us a provocative view of recent
tendencies in Mennonite literary culture through the
singular voice of a writer who has helped create it. The
book is a remarkable contribution to the interpretation
of Mennonite literature and the Mennonite church in a
Market: Anyonefrom writers and poets through lay readers and academic criticsinterested in a rare book-length treatment of the emerging body of Mennonite-related literature and poetry.
Shelving: LiteratureAnabaptist-Mennonite; PoetryMennonite; Fiction; Criticism; Cultural Studies. BISAC: Literary Criticism and Essays; Poetry; Religion. RTM: 495 Literary Criticism; 640 Poetry; 690 Religion
The Author: Jeff Gundy, Bluffton, Ohio, teaches at Bluffton University and has published four books of poemsDeerflies, Rhapsody with Dark Matter, Flatlands, and Inquiriesas well as Scattering Point: The World in a Mennonite Eye and A Community of Memory (nonfiction.). He has been studying and writing about Mennonite literature and history for twenty years.
Publishing House (the new name of Pandora Press U.S.)
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