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All Good Books Are Catholic BooksPrint Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America$
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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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Peculiarly Possessed of the Modern Consciousness

Peculiarly Possessed of the Modern Consciousness

(p.171) Chapter 8 Peculiarly Possessed of the Modern Consciousness
All Good Books Are Catholic Books

Una M. Cadegan

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how Catholics involved in literary work addressed modernism—literary and theological—on their own terms, and reconciled apparently irreconcilable oppositions, allowing them to resituate Catholicism in the history of modernity. It begins by discussing the use of the Incarnation and other ideas central to Christian belief and practice to resolve the apparent standoff between Catholicism and intellectual and artistic modernity. It shows how Catholic literary culture reclaimed both the persistence of Catholicism within modernity and the obligation on the part of Catholics to seek evidence of the Incarnation in the modern world. It also considers the idea of the Catholic revival to help mediate Catholic transition to modernity, along with the ideas of individual/community, innovation/repetition, and openness/closure.

Keywords:   modernism, Catholicism, modernity, Incarnation, Catholic literary culture, Catholics, Catholic revival, individual/community, innovation/repetition, openness/closure

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