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The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life By Julia Kasdorf,

  • Title: The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life
  • Author: Julia Kasdorf
  • ISBN: 9780801866623
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When I think I can t bear to trace one sorrow back to its source, I think of how they tell these stories honestly, without explanation, to whoever will listen Thinking of Certain Mennonite Women, by Julia Kasdorf, from Eve s Striptease University of Pittsburgh Press This collection of essays by nationally known poet Julia Kasdorf probe, in her ow When I think I can t bear to trace one sorrow back to its source, I think of how they tell these stories honestly, without explanation, to whoever will listen Thinking of Certain Mennonite Women, by Julia Kasdorf, from Eve s Striptease University of Pittsburgh Press This collection of essays by nationally known poet Julia Kasdorf probe, in her own words, the tangled threads of gender and cultural religious identity as they relate to the emergence and exercise of literary authority Her ten essays, accompanied by forty two engaging illustrations from a nude by Titian, to family photos, to a famous image of Marilyn Monroe and a dozen of her poems, focus on specific aspects of Mennonite life Often drawing from historical episodes or family stories, Kasdorf pursues themes of martyrdom, landscape, silence, the body, memory, community, and the struggle to articulate experience with a voice that is both authentic to the self and a conversation with her traditional Mennonite and Amish Mennonite background.Praise for Julia Kasdorf s previous book, Eve s Striptease Crosshatched by body, spirit, and the relation between them animated by bright instinctive exchanges between carnal and religious zones of experience driven by an honest, explicitly female consciousness of what animal and soul might mean, the poems in Eve s Striptease keep pace with a considered life in its search for some consoling homeliness in the world Eamon Grennan, author of Relations New Selected Poems Most readers will be grateful for the gift outright of Kasdorf s achingly beautiful language of desire and of a full store of unavoidable passings from discovery todark discovery and from expectations and surprises of childhood to retrospections and surprises of adulthood Mennonite Quarterly Review Her poems have an immediate quality that illustrates her ability to explore emotions Kasdorf s poetry tends to illustrate small situations that have larger implications Kasdorf also exhibits a keen sense of place in her work, with some lovely descriptions of her birthplace and the magical hold Pennsylvania seems to have on its native sons and daughters Pittsburgh Tribune Review
    The Body and the Book Writing from a Mennonite Life When I think I can t bear to trace one sorrow back to its source I think of how they tell these stories honestly without explanation to whoever will listen Thinking of Certain Mennonite Women by J

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    1. This book is many things, but than anything, it focuses on the path of an artist or individual working to come to terms with their own cultural identity, a society s expectations, and their devotion to writing This may sound fairly broad, for a book apparently focused on writing from a Mennonite life , but while Kasdorf s concerns and questions all revolve around her place within or outside of the Mennonite community, the questions at the heart of the book are questions which I think every writ [...]

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