This chapter examines obstacles to Catholic literary analysis raised by literary modernism. It first considers the incompatibility of Catholic stances with the foundations of modernity in general and with literary modernism in particular, and how Catholic writers both of and about literature were able to remap this divide and reconfigure Catholicism's relationship to modernity as well as its peculiar embodiment in American culture. It then discusses individual/community, iconoclasm/orthodoxy, innovation/repetition, and openness/closure in relation to literary form and content. It also explores the conflict between Catholic literary culture and intellectual modernity in the area of censorship. Finally, it explains how Catholic literary culture performed a variety of cultural work within debates and wrangling over what was Catholic, what was literary, and what was American about American Catholic literature.
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