The Bible in the American Short Story

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Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg, Peter S. Hawkins
New Directions in Religion and Literature
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , November
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Bible in the American Short Story examines Biblical influences in the post-World War II American short story. In a series of accessible chapters, Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg and Peter S. Hawkins offer close-readings of short stories by leading contemporary writers such as Flannery O'Connor, Allegra Goodman, Tobias Wolff and Kirstin Valdez Quade that highlight the biblical passages that they reference. Exploring episodes from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament and both Jewish and Christian heritages, this book is an important contribution to understanding the influence of the Bible in contemporary literature.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg is Professor of Jewish Studies at Colgate University.

Peter S. Hawkins is Professor of Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School.


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