"Mr. Joe Louis, help me": Sports as Narrative and Community in Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying

@article{Zeitler2016MrJL,
  title={"Mr. Joe Louis, help me": Sports as Narrative and Community in Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying},
  author={Michael Zeitler},
  journal={Studies in the Literary Imagination},
  year={2016},
  volume={49},
  pages={129 - 140}
}
Jeffery Folks, in noting the communal function of the Christmas/Easter religious symbolism in Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying, argues that Gaines's "use of language is grounded in a historical community in which the layers of implied meaning are clearly understood" (265). Indeed, the events described in the novel take place between October and April, unfolding alongside the annual, timeless, and symbolic cycle of the religious calendar around which the inhabitants of Bayonne, Louisiana… Expand

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