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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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1. Discovering the Body: Catholic Literature after Vatican II

1. Discovering the Body: Catholic Literature after Vatican II

(p.16) 1. Discovering the Body: Catholic Literature after Vatican II
Cathedrals of Bone

John C. Waldmeir

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines Catholic literature after Vatican II. It suggests that because the panegyric discourse of Vatican II strives to embrace such a broad vision of the Church, it tends to laud the social dimension of the faith. In contrast to this rhetoric of individuality, Vatican II emphasized a second set of terms that encouraged believers to imagine the Church as essentially social. This chapter also analyzes the shift in the representation of the Church in literature.

Keywords:   Catholic literature, Vatican II, social dimension of faith, Church in literature, religion and literature

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