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Cathedrals of Bone: The Role of the Body in Contemporary Catholic Literature

John C. Waldmeir


The metaphor of the Church as a “body” has shaped Catholic thinking since the Second Vatican Council. Its influence on theological inquiries into Catholic nature and practice is well-known; less obvious is the way it has shaped a generation of Catholic imaginative writers. This is the first full-length study of a cohort of Catholic authors whose art takes seriously the themes of the Council: from novelists such as Mary Gordon, Ron Hansen, Louise Erdrich, and J. F. Powers, to poets such as Annie Dillard, Mary Karr, Lucia Perillo, and Anne Carson, to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Pa ... More

Keywords: Second Vatican Council, Catholic writers, Catholic sacramentality, Vatican II, apologetics, orthodoxy, human reason, human body

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230600
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Waldmeir, author