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Using the Fictions of Ole Rølvaag and Arturo Islas to Reconsider Lutheran Identity in America

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Lutheran Christianity needs a cultural medium just as the sacraments need physical elements. Yet, what happens when we become torn between cultural worlds, as immigrant bodies or migrant souls? Classroom wrestling with two novels, Ole Rølvaag's Giants in the Earth about Norwegian-Americans and Arturo Islas's Migrant Souls about Mexican-Americans discerns the dramatic tensions of living a hypenated existence.
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Keywords: Islas; Lutheran identity; Rølvaag

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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