Imagining the Practice of Peace in a Century of War

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

in The Achievement of Wendell Berry

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780813130071
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135731 | DOI:
Imagining the Practice of Peace in a Century of War

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This chapter deals with Wendell Berry's three longest novels, A Place on Earth, Hannah Coulter, and The Life Story of Jayber Crow, Barber, of the Port William Membership, as Written by Himself. These three novels are novels of love set in time of war, one haunted by the constant possibility of what Hannah Coulter calls “absolute loss”. The kinds of peaceableness evident in these novels are unlikely to move the policy-making elites who have persuaded the readers that making peace is their purview alone: and that often the way to peace means the initiation or continuation of war.

Keywords: Wendell Berry; A Place on Earth; Hannah Coulter; Jayber Crow; novels; time of war; love; peace

Chapter.  19546 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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