Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape

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In support of Pope John Paul II's call for the re-envisioning of the mission of the Catholic University, Sheed and Ward renews its ongoing commitment to the field of Catholic Studies by presenting Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape. As it explores the intersection of Catholicism with cultural expressions of literature and art, holiness and personal devotion, faith and secular society, Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape fosters dialogue between the Gospel and culture, confirms the 'catholicity' of the ...

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Overview

In support of Pope John Paul II's call for the re-envisioning of the mission of the Catholic University, Sheed and Ward renews its ongoing commitment to the field of Catholic Studies by presenting Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape. As it explores the intersection of Catholicism with cultural expressions of literature and art, holiness and personal devotion, faith and secular society, Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape fosters dialogue between the Gospel and culture, confirms the 'catholicity' of the Church and her institutions, and engages human experience. This selection of essays represents the work of respected international scholars who convened at the world's first International Conference of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Edited by Sr. Paula Jean Miller, F.S.E., and Dr. Richard Fossey, this volume includes forays into French, Polish, and English cultures and also those of North, South, and Central America. As an academic discipline, Catholic Studies is dedicated to unfolding the interpenetration of culture and faith as it is embodied in the cultural achievements and expressions of persons and societies. With the commitment to discover truth and a history grounded in the tradition of the Church, the Catholic University emerges as the ideal mediator in the encounter of faith and culture as they engage each other in our ordinary experiences, creative imaginations, and daily social involvements.

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Editorial Reviews

William E. Doll Jr.
Phenomenal ! No book better brings forward the catholic in Catholicism. Readers of all faiths (and non-faiths) will be impressed by the 'rebirth of the human spirit,' found in these essays. This is a book for our times, now and in the future.
Thomas C. Hunt
Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape does exactly that. Its essays provide a spiritually enlightening journey into the depth and breadth of the relationship between Catholicism and culture.
Edward P. St. John
The Catholic intellectual tradition has long provided means of addressing issues of justice, care, and community within the college classrooms. Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape provides reflective and contemporary essays on the evolution of this tradition in the arts, humanities and social sciences, providing new foundations for making these vital linkages. It provides interesting reading for lay faculty in colleges and universities of all types.
Benedict M. Ashley
The unity of Catholic faith makes possible a rich variety of culture adaptation. This fascinating collection of essays illustrates this fundamental feature of Catholicism in ways that fulfill the hopes of Vatican II. Ranging through literature, spirituality, and social justice, it will be an inspiration to Catholic universities seeking to strengthen their true identity and interdisciplinarity.
Don J. Briel
Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape is a remarkable anthology of readings which provide both a sense of Catholicism’s rich cultural diversity and its intellectual coherence. The anthology offers an accessible introduction to the range and unity of Catholic thought and to the diversity of its cultural expressions and will be especially useful for an undergraduate audience. But the work will also be of interest to anyone who seeks to explore these issues in greater depth. The work is an important achievement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742531833
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Sister Paula Jean Miller, FSE, is director of Catholic Studies and associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Richard Fossey is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Houston and a senior consultant at the Center for Reform of School Systems in Houston, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 Literature and Art: Embodiments of the Faith Chapter 5 Overview: Catholic Culture in Literature and the Art Chapter 6 Jane Austen's Catholic Sensibility Chapter 7 Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and the Art of Christian Mercy Chapter 8 Story Theology in Flannery O'Connor's "The River," John Updike's "The Christian Roommates," and Denys Arcand's Jesus of Montreal Chapter 9 The Tree of the Choctaws: Live Oaks in the Poetry of Father Adrian Emmanuel Rouquette Chapter 10 The Theological Virtues in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Chapter 11 Santiago in the Americas: The Iconography of the Conqueror and the Infidel Part 12 Culture and Holiness Chapter 13 Overview: Mary as Human Exemplar Chapter 14 Our Lady of Jasna Gora in Polish Catholicism Chapter 15 Marian Devotion and Cultural Influence in the Naming of Churches Chapter 16 Literary Appropriation of Mary in the Spanish-Speaking World Chapter 17 Marian Devotion in the Spiritual Life of Saint Rose of Lima Chapter 18 Saints and Sanctity in France Chapter 19 Lucie Christie: 19th Century Wife, Mother, and Mystic Part 20 Transforming Interrelationships: Catholic Faith and Secular Society Chapter 21 Overview: Secular Society and the Catholic Imagination Chapter 22 The Import of Latino Spirituality for the 21st Century: U.S. Culture, Politics, and Religion Chapter 23 "False Generosity" Toward Inner-City School Children: Why the Fierce Opposition to Vouchers for "Sectarian" Schools? Chapter 24 Journey to Faith: Issac Hecker and Nineteenth-Century American Reform Chapter 25 Catholic Indian Boarding Schools and Sioux Catholicism Chapter 26 Catholic Insight on Workplace Human RIghts and Corporate Humanism Chapter 27 Image and Social Responsibility: Catholic Values and Fashion Advertising Chapter 28 Catholic Faith Between Secularization and Pluralism Chapter 29 Restoring All Things in Christ: Some Reflections on the Pastoral Provision for the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite Chapter 30 Appendix A: Darkness into Light: Guadelupe, Mother of all Mexico

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