Courting the Virgin Mary

by Pierce, Bethany M

Abstract (Summary)
Courting the Virgin Mary is the coming of age story of the child mystic Marianne Price. Marianne grows up in a lake town that functions in two capacities: as a retreat campground for a fundamentalist sect of the Christian Nazarene church and as a resort for wealthy vacationers. Thematically, the novel explores the duality of the body and spirit as Marianne struggles to reconcile what she perceives as the antithetical natures of her sexuality and her spirituality, the lake serving as the physical space in which the secular and sacred combine. Structurally, the novel is constructed using an omniscient narrative that alternates close proximity and sympathy between the four main characters of the story.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:fiction coming of age christian spirituality tent revivals in america


Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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