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Cathedrals of BoneThe Role of the Body in Contemporary Catholic Literature$
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John C. Waldmeir

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230600

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230600.001.0001

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3. Preserving the Body: Annie Dillard and Tradition

3. Preserving the Body: Annie Dillard and Tradition

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(p.64) 3. Preserving the Body: Annie Dillard and Tradition
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Cathedrals of Bone
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John C. Waldmeir

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230600.003.0004

This chapter examines the Catholic tradition in the works of American writer Annie Dillard. In her essay “Expedition to the Pole”, Dillard describes her experience in attending a Catholic Mass and her eventual conversion to Catholicism. It states that in attending a Second Sunday of Advent, Dillard was caught up in one of her literary themes: the relentless flow of time. The hallmark feature of her writing is that one cannot summarize much more than a brief portion before breaking off to provide background and establish a working chronology.

Keywords:   Annie Dillard, Catholic tradition, American writer, Catholic mass, Catholicism

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