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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

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

John C. Waldmeir

Fordham University Press

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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