1. Discovering the Body: Catholic Literature after Vatican II

John C. Waldmeir

in Cathedrals of Bone

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230600
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236923 | DOI:
1. Discovering the Body: Catholic Literature after Vatican II

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This chapter examines Catholic literature after Vatican II. It suggests that because the panegyric discourse of Vatican II strives to embrace such a broad vision of the Church, it tends to laud the social dimension of the faith. In contrast to this rhetoric of individuality, Vatican II emphasized a second set of terms that encouraged believers to imagine the Church as essentially social. This chapter also analyzes the shift in the representation of the Church in literature.

Keywords: Catholic literature; Vatican II; social dimension of faith; Church in literature; religion and literature

Chapter.  10805 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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