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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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2. Writing and the Catholic Body: Mary Gordon's Art

2. Writing and the Catholic Body: Mary Gordon's Art

(p.41) 2. Writing and the Catholic Body: Mary Gordon's Art
Cathedrals of Bone

John C. Waldmeir

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the influence of Vatican II on the works of American writer Mary Gordon. It states that Gordon was influenced by pre-Vatican II writer Flannery O'Connor and that she did not diverge from the path taken by O'Connor on the issue regarding the Catholic Church. Though Gordon shares O'Connor's purpose and methodological incongruity, her terms are different for she writes almost exclusively about Catholics. Vatican II has made it possible for Gordon to use Catholicism both as the subject she hopes to illuminate and as the light she uses to bring out its features.

Keywords:   Mary Gordon, Flannery O'Connor, Catholic Church, Catholicism in literature, religion and literature

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