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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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4. Clothing Bodies/Making Priests: The Sacramental Vision of J. F. Powers, Alfred Alcorn, and Louise Erdrich

4. Clothing Bodies/Making Priests: The Sacramental Vision of J. F. Powers, Alfred Alcorn, and Louise Erdrich

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(p.92) 4. Clothing Bodies/Making Priests: The Sacramental Vision of J. F. Powers, Alfred Alcorn, and Louise Erdrich
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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/9780823230600.003.0005

This chapter examines the sacramental vision of J.F. Powers, Alfred Alcorn, and Louise Erdrich related to priests and priests' clothing. In his 1988 novel Wheat That Springeth Green, Powers highlights the movement restriction caused by the chasuble worn by the protagonist Father Joe Hackett. Alcorn, in his 1988 novel Vestments, dramatizes the encounter between self and the other in the context of the Catholic understanding of sacrament and sacramentality. In The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Erdrich focuses on the correlation of an abstract sense of otherness with the tangible realities of an institutional church, from clothing to crucifix.

Keywords:   J. F. Powers, Alfred Alcorn, Louise Erdrich, priests, sacramental vision, Wheat That Springeth Green, Vestments

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