An American Prophet: Wendell Berry’s Community Ethic, 1965-1977

Garrott, Joel (2015) An American Prophet: Wendell Berry’s Community Ethic, 1965-1977. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Darren Grem from History and Southern Studies, The University of Mississippi.

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JOEL O. GARROTT: An American Prophet: Wendell Berry’s Community Ethic, 1965-1977 Under the direction of Dr. Darren Grem This thesis provides a detailed commentary on Wendell Berry’s agrarian ethic as articulated in his early literature of the 1960s and 1970s. It is part biography of Berry’s early life, part history of his early thought, and part literary interpretation of his early work. It expounds on the significance of Berry’s personal connection to place, and situates Berry’s agrarian argument for community life in the context of the social issues addressed in his early literature. The central argument of this project is that Berry’s agrarian ethic was grown out of his relationship with his native place in Kentucky, and that this relationship made Berry’s ethic at points narrow in its scope of vision, and at other points prophetic in its analysis of American culture in the 1960s and 1970s. The main works engaged are The Long-Legged House (1969), The Hidden Wound (1970/1989), and The Unsettling of America (1977), along with selections of Berry’s poetry from the same time period.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Garrott, Joel
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in History (Environmental Studies)
Thesis Advisor: Darren Grem
Thesis Advisor's Department: History and Southern Studies
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
E History America > E11 America (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Joel Garrott
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 21:09
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 21:09

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