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Annie Dillard And The Word Made Flesh: An Incarnational Theory Of Language Colleen Warren

Annie Dillard And The Word Made Flesh: An Incarnational Theory Of Language

Colleen Warren

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ISBN : 9780982372012
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163 pages
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Annie Dillard and the Word Made Flesh engages two of Dillards most defining characteristics: her belief in the power of language and her Christian faith. Though Dillards spiritual belief is arguably the most intrinsic aspect of her writings, untilMoreAnnie Dillard and the Word Made Flesh engages two of Dillards most defining characteristics: her belief in the power of language and her Christian faith. Though Dillards spiritual belief is arguably the most intrinsic aspect of her writings, until now, no full length examination of her beliefs has ever been undertaken. As a writer, Dillard particularly identifies with Christs designation as the Word. This incarnational concept of language has four distinct aspects. First, because of her belief in the incarnate Word, Dillard believes that the incarnate world speaks a spiritual language. Secondly, just as Christ physically embodied the spiritual, Dillard believes that the spiritual realm continues to be real and substantial, not ephemeral or abstract. Thirdly, because Christ as Word imbued the world with meaning, Dillard believes that language has a particular capacity to express and create meaning. Finally, because Christ demonstrated sacrifice, so Dillard believes that the writer must adopt a similarly sacrificial role, depleting herself for the sake of the work. Colleen Warren is a Professor of English at Taylor University.