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Annie Dillard : 1945 – Teaching a Stone to Talk. [Note: the artwork shown on the subsequent slides all comes from Annie Dillard’s original online gallery, on her website www.anniedillard.com ]. American, born and raised in Pittsburgh Writes non-fiction, fiction, and poetry

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[Note: the artwork shown on the subsequent slides all comes from Annie Dillard’s original online gallery, on her website www.anniedillard.com]

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American, born and raised in Pittsburgh

  • Writes non-fiction, fiction, and poetry
  • Pulitzer Prize winner, 1975 (general nonfiction)
  • “Spiritually promiscuous” – has dabbled in a number of religions, but claims none
  • Themes:
    • The natural world
    • Theoretical science
    • Literary theory, writing
    • Religion & theology
    • History
dillard s prose style at once vernacular and visionary 1
Dillard’s Prose Style:“at once vernacular and visionary”1
  • Unexpected, imaginative metaphors
  • Juxtaposition of the quotidian withthe cosmic and mythical
  • Alliteration and other sonic devices
  • Syntactically complex sentences
  • Rich visual imagery
  • Irony and humor
  • Repetition, anaphora
  • Lyricism (“subjectivity and

sensuality of expression”)

  • Dynamic verbs

1 Robert Macfarlane, The Guardian

teaching a stone to talk
Teaching a Stone to Talk
  • “Total Eclipse”
  • “Life on the Rocks: The Galápagos”
  • “An Expedition to the Pole”
  • “The Deer at Providencia”
  • “Living Like Weasels”
  • “On a Hill Far Away”
  • “A Field of Silence”
  • “Sojourner”
quotes about dillard
Quotes about Dillard
  • “Annie Dillard explores in her works alternative models for perceiving and understanding the world, including the dimension of the sacred. Central to her vision is an experience of the world and the sacred that is pluralistic and multiform. This pluralism reveals itself in Dillard's work in her appreciation for the other and a "letting be" of the other - of that which is different, which does not fit her model, which has a life of its own.”

Lynn Ross Bryant, “The Silence of Nature” (Religion and Literature, 1990)

  • “Annie Dillard is, even the aficionado has to admit, hard to pin down. One of the reasons is the variety of topics and genres to be found among the nine book-length works which have appeared over the last twenty-plus years. She writes about everything from giant water bugs' frog-eating habits to outrageous practical jokes her mother pulled at beaches and zoos. Dillard considers everyone from burn victims to stunt pilots, wanders everywhere from Virginia creeks to arctic ice floes, from the Galapagos Islands to Puget Sound. She is interested in Chinese writers, Eskimos, and Pittsburgh Presbyterians as well as Polyphemus moths, solar eclipses, and sycamores.”

Pamela A. Smith, “The Ecotheology of Annie Dillard” (Countercurrents)

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Sources:http://www.anniedillard.com/http://www.productions.caffix.org.mx/el-eclipse-solar-mas-largo-del-siglo-xxihttp://www.foroswebgratis.com/imagenes-comunidad_net_games-20416-3.htmhttp://www.happynews.com/news/592007/weasels-dance-food.htmhttp://blog.espol.edu.ec/mfjimene/el-archipielago-de-galapagos/http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/apr/30/featuresreviews.guardianreview9Sources:http://www.anniedillard.com/http://www.productions.caffix.org.mx/el-eclipse-solar-mas-largo-del-siglo-xxihttp://www.foroswebgratis.com/imagenes-comunidad_net_games-20416-3.htmhttp://www.happynews.com/news/592007/weasels-dance-food.htmhttp://blog.espol.edu.ec/mfjimene/el-archipielago-de-galapagos/http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/apr/30/featuresreviews.guardianreview9