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Regenerative knitting: work and hope in Rudy Wiebe’s Mennonite Triptych
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2008 (English)In: Mennonite quarterly review, ISSN 0025-9373, Vol. 82, no 1, 161-173 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay aims to explicate the intricate structural dynamics of Rudy Wiebe's three Mennonite novels: Peace Shall Destroy Many, The Blue Mountains of China, and Sweeter Than All the World. As its point of departure, it considers the well-known "Work and Hope" frontispiece of Martyrs Mirror in relation to these novels' themes. A subsequent delineation of the work-movements among these themes reveals a sense of phenomenological directedness that is a key constituent of the novels' most important meanings. Expressed within a specific stratum of each text, this directedness takes conceptual form in the ideas of hope or faith; rather than originating with the individual believer, however, this hope or faith-in the first two novels¯constitutes a communal Mennonite subjectivity. In comparison, in Sweeter Than All the World, directedness takes the form of regeneration, which appears specifically in the unceasing work-movements of women's knitting.

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Goshen, Ind. USA: Mennonite Historical Society , 2008. Vol. 82, no 1, 161-173 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-47269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-47269DiVA: diva2:373491
Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2010-11-30 Last updated: 2011-02-23Bibliographically approved

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