The Cultural Work of Catholic Literature
This book explores the interrelationships among print culture, censorship, and modernity in America during the twentieth century. It focuses on roughly two generations of participants in Catholic literary work: the members of the first shaped the literary and print culture that was already flourishing by the end of the Great War, while the members of the second generation viewed modernism as part of the air they breathed. This introduction discusses the evolution of U.S. Catholic literary culture, with particular emphasis on the desire of the most prominent and influential Catholic literary enterprises to have Catholicism included and accurately portrayed in the grand drama of American life. It also considers the modernity of Catholic literary and print culture in relation to contemporary notions of the self and its relation to society, along with the role of Catholic literature in opposing socialism and in transforming culture on a cosmic scale.
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