American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics

American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics

ISBN-10:
0521417775
ISBN-13:
9780521417778
Pub. Date:
06/26/1992
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics

Paul Giles describes how secular transformations of religious ideas have helped to shape the style and substance of works by American writers, filmmakers and artists from Catholic backgrounds such as Orestes Brownson, Theodore Dreiser, Mary McCarthy, Robert Mapplethorpe, Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Altman. The book also explores how Catholicism was represented and mythologized by other American writers. By highlighting the recurring themes and preoccupations of American Catholic fictions, Giles challenges many of the accepted ideas about the centrality of Romanticism to the American literary canon. He reconstructs the different social, historical, and philosophical contexts from which aesthetics in the "Catholic" tradition have emerged, and shows how these stand in an oblique relationship to the assumptions of the American Enlightenment.

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ISBN-13: 9780521417778
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/26/1992
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #58
Pages: 547
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Old Icons in a New Land: Part II. The Ironies of Modernism: Part III. Poetry of Confession and Apostasy: Part IV. Iconography and the Cinema of Catholicism: Part V. Postmodernism and the Novel of Displacement: Part VI. Legalism and the Fictions of Society.

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