Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Joan Latchaw
In this thesis, I argue that Frederick Buechner and Walker Percy use fiction to expand and elucidate on the Christian existentialist philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard and Gabriel Marcel. More specifically, I argue that sex tends to function in their novels as an avenue of grace, which ends or at least soothes the existential alienation and despair that is the hallmark of the human condition. Buechner's treatment of this theme in his novel Lion Country is less sophisticated than Percy's, seen in The Last Gentleman and The Second Coming: sex is wholly positive for Buechner' s characters, while for Percy, sex can be either negative or positive, and while the novelists' heroes come to similar conclusions, Percy's Will Barrett takes a much longer time getting there.
Farmer, Michial D. II, "Sex, Desire, and Grace in Walker Percy and Frederick Buechner." (2007). Student Work. 3502.