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The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People

The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People

by Robert InchaustiRobert Inchausti


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This book examines how the spiritual longings of ordinary people have shaped the most progressive political and cultural movements of the twentieth century and given birth to a new postmodern perspective on existence that recoups the traditional religious verities on the far side of both literary modernism and neo-Marxism. Inchausti focuses on figures who have been instrumental in defending the sacred traditions of indigenous cultures and oppressed minorities. He demonstrates that Mahatma Gandhi, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Elie Wiesel, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, and Lech Walesa share an ethic that is, at once, plebeian in origin and yet sublime in aspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791406786
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/13/1991
Series: SUNY series in Constructive Postmodern Thought Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 175
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Robert Inchausti is Associate Professor of English at California Polytechnic University.

Table of Contents



1. Ignorant Perfection

2. Gandhi: Nonviolence as Poetic Making

3. Solzhenitsyn: The God Beyond the God that Failed

4. Wiesel: The Idea of the People after the Holocaust

5. Mother Teresa: The Plebeian Pastoral

6. Martin Luther King: The Plebeian Sublime

7. Lech Welesa: Organic Intellectual

8. The Modernization of Poverty, Stupidity, and Family Life: Shared Rejections

9. Plebeian Postmodernism: Shared Affirmations



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