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Vatican II Con/texts and Greene's Catholic Imagination

Mark Bosco

in Graham Greene's Catholic Imagination

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177152
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835355 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177150.003.0003

Series: AAR Academy Series

Vatican II Con/texts and Greene's Catholic Imagination

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This chapter argues that Greene’s Catholicism became more important to him after the Vatican II Council than the years just preceding it. The fact that Catholicism is no longer seen as a bulwark that resists modernity does not mean that it depletes those Catholic symbols and images that make it a qualitatively distinctive faith. Greene’s late novels offer a new paradigm to examine the quality and effect of Catholicism in literature.

Keywords: Catholicism; Graham Greene; Vatican II Council; Catholic novel

Chapter.  11527 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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