Landscapes of Encounter: The Portrayal of Catholicism in the Novels of Brian Moore

Landscapes of Encounter: The Portrayal of Catholicism in the Novels of Brian Moore

by Liam Gearon

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Landscapes of Encounter: The Portrayal of Catholicism in the Novels of Brian Moore by Liam Gearon

Brian Moore (1921 1999) is one of the few novelists whose literary portrayal of Catholicism effectively spans the period prior to and following the Second Vatican Council. His novels from Judith Hearne (1955) to his final work, The Magicians Wife (1997) are characterized by an enormously varied portrayal of pre- and post-Vatican II Catholicism. Many critics have discussed how Moore's life is reflected in his works, while others have dismissed his fictions as simple narratives in the mould of classical realism. In this timely book, Gearon contends that Moore's fictions are far more complex, as he was one of the great observers of Catholicism in all its modern and historical controversy. Moore's writings thus portray a world where religion is in constant encounter, and often conflict, with alternative cultural, ideological, and theological worldviews. Landscapes of Encounter provides the only full treatment of Moore's work as a literary convergence of the theological and the ideological, and specifically as a convergence of post-Vatican II and post-colonial perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552380482
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Liam Gearon holds a University Lectureship in Religious Education at the Oxford University Department of Education and a Senior Research Fellowship at Harris Manchester College. He has published widely in the fields of religion and literature, including the critically acclaimed edited work, English Literature, Theology and the Curriculum.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Prefaceix
Part IIntroduction
1Landscapes of Encounter: The Portrayal of Catholicism in the Novels of Brian Moore3
Part IIThe Fictional Portrayal of Pre-Vatican II Catholicism
2The Early Irish Novels23
3The Early North American Novels55
Part IIIFictional Portrayals of Vatican II Catholicism and Beyond
4Catholicism Reappraised: Ireland Revisited93
5North America Revisited: Post-Vatican 11 and Postcolonial Perspectives133
6Moore's Portrayal of the Church in the Modern World: Theological Universality and Cultural Particularity159
Part IVConclusion
7Moore's Portrayal of Catholicism: A Conclusion203
Endnotes207
Bibliography265
Index285

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