The Catholic Counterculture in America, 1933-1962

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James Fisher argues that Catholic culture was transformed when products of the "immigrant church," largely inspired by converts like Dorothy Day, launched a variety of spiritual, communitarian, and literary experiments. He also explores the life and works of Thomas A. Dooley and Jack Kerouac to show that their experiences signaled a new Catholic appreciation of the American tradition of creative freedom.
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Overview

James Fisher argues that Catholic culture was transformed when products of the "immigrant church," largely inspired by converts like Dorothy Day, launched a variety of spiritual, communitarian, and literary experiments. He also explores the life and works of Thomas A. Dooley and Jack Kerouac to show that their experiences signaled a new Catholic appreciation of the American tradition of creative freedom.
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[A] ground-breaking study. . . . [Fisher illuminates] the conflicting definitions of Catholic differentness co-existing in early twentieth-century America, as well as the tentativeness and subjectivity of those definitions.--American Quarterly

Fisher presents solidly useful results in this elegant analysis of selected figures in modern American Catholicism.--American Studies

A fascinating book that puts into conversation certain figures (Day, Dooley, Merton, Kerouac) in the pluralistic strands of twentieth-century America in ways that illuminate each.--David Tracy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807849491
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Studies in Religion Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Terence Fisher is the Danforth Chair in Humanities and Professor in Theological Studies and History at Saint Louis University. His other works include Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
1 The Conversion of Dorothy Day 1
2 "Fools for Christ": Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, 1933-1949 25
3 The Catholic Workers and Catholic Culture, 1933-1949 71
4 The Limits of Personalism: Integrity and the Marycrest Community, 1946-1956 101
5 Thomas A. Dooley and the Romance of Catholic Anticommunism 131
6 A Catholic Errand in the Wilderness: Tom Dooley in Laos and America, 1956-1961 167
7 Jack Kerouac and Thomas Merton, the Last Catholic Romantics 205
Epilogue 249
Notes 255
Bibliography 283
Index 299
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