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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

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

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230600.003.0001

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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