3. Preserving the Body: Annie Dillard and Tradition

John C. Waldmeir

in Cathedrals of Bone

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230600
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236923 | DOI:
3. Preserving the Body: Annie Dillard and Tradition

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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

Chapter.  12664 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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