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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

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(p.16) 1. Discovering the Body: Catholic Literature after Vatican II
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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/9780823230600.003.0002

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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