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Fears and Fascinations: Representing Catholicism in the American South

Thomas F. Haddox


This book charts what has been a largely unexplored literary landscape, looking at the work of such diverse writers as the gens de couleur libre poets of antebellum New Orleans, Kate Chopin, Mark Twain, Carson McCullers, Margaret Mitchell, Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and John Kennedy Toole. It shows that Catholicism and its Church have always been a presence, albeit in different ways, in the southern cultural tradition. For some, Catholicism has been associated with miscegenation and with the political aspiration ... More

Keywords: New Orleans, Catholicism, miscegenation, political aspirations, African Americans, southern whites, decadence, homoeroticism, honor, cultural history, southern literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780823225217
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas F. Haddox, author
Department of English, University of Tennessee