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Una M. Cadegan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451126

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451126.001.0001

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U.S. Catholic Literary Aesthetics

U.S. Catholic Literary Aesthetics

(p.20) Chapter 1 U.S. Catholic Literary Aesthetics
All Good Books Are Catholic Books

Una M. Cadegan

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the content of the literary aesthetic developed by U.S. Catholics in the early decades of the twentieth century, and how it helped to create the space within which questions that were largely off-limits to other areas of Catholic intellectual culture could be addressed. It begins with an overview of Catholic literary culture during the interwar period and goes on to discuss the role of literary aesthetics in the cultural work of Catholic literature. More specifically, it considers literary aesthetic's contours, some of its major elements, and its role in the analysis of realism, one of the major literary movements of the generation before the era of the Great War. Finally, it explains how Catholic literary culture accommodated with modernity on their own terms.

Keywords:   realism, Catholics, Catholic literary culture, literary aesthetics, Catholic literature, modernity

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