Reading list in order...

christopher boss christopherboss at
Wed Sep 25 09:11:57 EDT 2002


i'm so curious to hear more about your grad work.  from what i've read of 
your posts, it sounds as if we've be travelling parallel roads in our 
thoughts on percy.  i wrote my master's thesis on percy, specifically on the 
importance of secondary characters to tom and will's quests--i used marcel's 
notion of "intersubjectivity" extensively throughout my argument.  i 
essentially argued that the secondary characters were the means by which tom 
and will discovered "authentic" living.

love to hear more of your thoughts.

chris boss

>From: David Alan Beck <dabeck at>
>Reply-To: "Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion" 
><percy-l at>
>To: "Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion" 
><percy-l at>
>Subject: [percy-l] Re: Reading list in order...
>Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 17:41:57 -0500 (EST)
>In that email, I was, once again, riding my hobby horse. My grad work was
>on Percy and how the synthesis of Kierkegaard and Marcel is needed to
>best understand Percy's fiction. Kierkegaard's "diagnosis" of modern
>society is correct, but his "remedy"--the lone "knight of faith"--isn't
>found in Percy. Percy uses Marcel's "intersubjectivity" as the remedy to
>the man's (woman's) modern condition. It is through "the other" that one
>finds himself. For example, Lancelot finds hope when he "sees" Fr. John.
>They "connect" eye-to-eye and achieve intersubjectivity. L. is just one
>example. In my opnion, none of Percy's fiction contains someone finding
>himself outside of interaction (communion--to use a more Christian term)
>with the other. (Of course, Buber and Levinas offer similar ideas, but
>Marcel's "version"--due probably to being Catholic and seeing the
>necessity of the sacred in and of the material world--is more
>incarnational and fits more closely with Percy's worldview (as portrayed
>in his fiction. I offer the qualifier because I never met him. Maybe
>Marcus or Nikki can chime in.).
>David Beck
>"One cannot help but awe when he contemplates
>the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the
>marvelous structure of reality. It is enough
>if one tries merely to comprehend a little of
>this mystery every day."
>                       - Albert Einstein
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<html><DIV><FONT face="Garamond, Times, Serif">Christopher R. 
<DIV><FONT face=Garamond>Lecturer</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Garamond>Western Carolina University</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Garamond>Cullowhee, NC  28723</FONT></DIV></html>

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