Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Interview with Paul Harvey about his new book, Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South

In his new book, MOSES, JESUS, AND THE TRICKSTER IN THE EVANGELICAL SOUTH, Paul Harvey uses four characters that are important symbols of religious expression in the American South to survey major themes of religion, race, and southern history. Through his cast of four central characters, Harvey reveals diverse facets of the southern religious experience, including conceptions of ambiguity, darkness, evil, and death.

In the video below, Harvey explains the four figures (Moses, Jesus, Trickster, and Absalom) in his book, and the different literary and artistic examples he uses to explore these characters. He also states why it makes for a compelling read, particularly for students.