Charles R. Embry

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Charles Embry is Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University at Commerce. He is author of several books, including The Philosopher and the Storyteller: Eric Voegelin and Twentieth-Century Literature (Missouri Press, 2008) and Voegelinian Readings of Modern Literature (Missouri Press, 2011).

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Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Jessica Hooten Wilson. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2017.
Giving the Devil His Due is a book that grew out of Professor Wilson’s dissertation written under the guidance of the O’Connor scholar, Ralph Wood, at Baylor University.
It is clearly a wonderful idea to put O’Connor and…
Ellis Sandoz 2

Professor Ellis Sandoz, the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, was born in 1931, a descendent of Swiss immigrants who came to Louisiana in 1829. He attended and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 and a Master of Arts degree in…

Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death: Reflections on Memory and Imagination. Otto Dov Kulka with Ralph Mandel, trans. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2013.
After surviving Auschwitz, Otto Dov Kulka, Rosenbloom Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, became a professional historian who divorced his personal experience from his work on Jewish history and European anti-Judaism culminating in the…
Mikhail Shishkin Maidenhair

On first reading, Maidenhair stymies the reader, but in a good way for it challenges the reader to engage itself. Since Maidenhair is like a whirling merry-go-round the real problem for the reader is to grab hold and not let go until he has become one with the whirling! In order to gingerly approach the whirling merry-go-round, I begin by…
Flannery O'Connor

The flux [of divine presence] has the structure of a divine-human encounter; every phase is an event of man’s responding, or refusing to respond, to the presence of the divine ordering appeal. The consciousness of divine presence as the formative appeal endows every such event with the indelible character of a “present.” the artist.

~ Eric Voegelin,“Wisdom and…

Proust 2

Real life, life finally uncovered and clarified, the only life in consequence lived to the full, is literature. Life in this sense dwells within all ordinary people as much as in the artist.
-Marcel Proust, Finding Time Again

The Approach to Proust
I approach the great novel, as I approach all great novels, simply as a lover of literature and a philosopher,…