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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 112 – Walker Percy’s Angelic-Bestial Future


Aug 11, 2021

“Now in these dread latter days of the previous violent beloved
U.S.A. and of the Christ-forgetting Christ-haunted death-dealing
Western world I got here to myself in a grove of younger pines and the
query got here to me: has it occurred ultimately?”

So wonders Dr. Tom Extra, a descendant of the nice English
martyr, within the first sentence of Walker Percy’s third novel,
Love within the Ruins: The Adventures of a Unhealthy Catholic at Time
close to the Finish of the World
.

Written in 1971, this prophetic work presents a world
startlingly like our personal. Right now’s visitor, literary scholar Jessica
Hooten Wilson, joins the present to offer a normal introduction to
Percy and talk about facets of what’s for a lot of his most beloved
novel, Love within the Ruins, which she describes as a
“panoramic satire” indicating that modernity’s “misplaced sense of self
makes it unattainable to dwell the nice life”.

Matters embrace:

  • How Percy’s Southernity knowledgeable his fiction
  • His eager and ruthless commentary of race relations
  • His recurring commentary on the fashionable disjunction between thoughts
    and physique, what protagonist Tom Extra calls oscillation between the
    angelic and the bestial
  • His use of apocalyptic themes
  • His therapy of affection between women and men
  • The lasting significance of his work

Hyperlinks

Walker Percy, Love within the Ruins https://www.amazon.com/Love-Ruins-Walker-Percy/dp/0312243111

Jessica Hooten Wilson https://jessicahootenwilson.com/

JHW, Studying Walker Percy’s Novels
https://www.amazon.com/Studying-Walker-Percys-Novels-Jessica/dp/0807168777

JHW, Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Seek for
Affect

https://www.amazon.com/Dostoevsky-Affect-Literature-Faith-Postsecular/dp/0814213499

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