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4. Clothing Bodies/Making Priests: The Sacramental Vision of J. F. Powers, Alfred Alcorn, and Louise Erdrich

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230600.003.0005
4. Clothing Bodies/Making Priests: The Sacramental Vision of J. F. Powers, Alfred Alcorn, and Louise Erdrich

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This chapter examines the sacramental vision of J.F. Powers, Alfred Alcorn, and Louise Erdrich related to priests and priests' clothing. In his 1988 novel Wheat That Springeth Green, Powers highlights the movement restriction caused by the chasuble worn by the protagonist Father Joe Hackett. Alcorn, in his 1988 novel Vestments, dramatizes the encounter between self and the other in the context of the Catholic understanding of sacrament and sacramentality. In The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Erdrich focuses on the correlation of an abstract sense of otherness with the tangible realities of an institutional church, from clothing to crucifix.

Keywords: J. F. Powers; Alfred Alcorn; Louise Erdrich; priests; sacramental vision; Wheat That Springeth Green; Vestments

Chapter.  12719 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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