2. Writing and the Catholic Body: Mary Gordon's Art

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:
2. Writing and the Catholic Body: Mary Gordon's Art

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This chapter examines the influence of Vatican II on the works of American writer Mary Gordon. It states that Gordon was influenced by pre-Vatican II writer Flannery O'Connor and that she did not diverge from the path taken by O'Connor on the issue regarding the Catholic Church. Though Gordon shares O'Connor's purpose and methodological incongruity, her terms are different for she writes almost exclusively about Catholics. Vatican II has made it possible for Gordon to use Catholicism both as the subject she hopes to illuminate and as the light she uses to bring out its features.

Keywords: Mary Gordon; Flannery O'Connor; Catholic Church; Catholicism in literature; religion and literature

Chapter.  10870 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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