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Contributions in American Studies #0100: Testing the Faith: The New Catholic Fiction in Americaby Anita Gandolfo
Synopses & Reviews
Since 1965 there has been an explosion of fiction about being Catholic, clearly a result of confusions in the post-Vatican II church. American Catholic culture has suffered severe dislocations, and fiction has provided one way of coping with those dislocations. In Testing the Faith, Anita Gandolfo provides an overview of fiction about the American Catholic experience.
The book considers emerging novelists such as Mary Gordon and Valerie Sayers and established writers like Paul Theroux. Among the popular writers covered are Andrew Greeley and William X. Keinzle. The volume also considers the emergence of new, young writers, such as Jeanne Schinto, Sheila O'Connor, and Philip Deaver. By analyzing patterns in contemporary Catholic fiction, Gandolfo shows both the shared interest these writers have in the Catholic experience and their individual perspectives on that experience. The book is the first to consider post-Vatican II Catholic literature, and will be of interest to those concerned with both the Catholic experience and current literature.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -218) and index.
About the Author
ANITA GANDOLFO is Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy where she was the founding Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and a Professor of English.
Table of Contents
Faith and Imagination
Visions of Experience
Visions of Passionate Intensity
Visions of Innocence Restored?
Visions of Reconciliation
Visions of Individualism
Prophetic Vision: The Spiritual Quest
Prophetic Vision: As We Are Now
Conclusion: Vision of a Changing Church
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