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Cathedrals of BoneThe Role of the Body in Contemporary Catholic Literature$
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John C. Waldmeir

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230600

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230600.001.0001

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Introduction: The Body, Flesh and Bone

Introduction: The Body, Flesh and Bone

(p.1) Introduction: The Body, Flesh and Bone
Cathedrals of Bone

John C. Waldmeir

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the influence of the metaphoric representation of the Church as a body on Catholic thinking since the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II). It states that in addition to its influence on theological inquiries, this metaphor has helped shape a generation of Catholic fiction writers, poets, and playwrights. This book analyzes works relevant to Vatican II, including those of John Patrick Shanley, Louise Erdrich, and Annie Dillard.

Keywords:   Church as a body, Vatican II, metaphor, religious literature, Catholic writers, John Patrick Shanley, Louise Erdrich, Annie Dillard

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