American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics by Paul GilesAmerican Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics by Paul Giles

American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics

byPaul Giles

Paperback | January 28, 2008

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Paul Giles describes how secular transformations of religious ideas have helped to shape the style and substance of works by American writers, filmmakers and artists from Catholic backgrounds such as Orestes Brownson, Theodore Dreiser, Mary McCarthy, Robert Mapplethorpe, Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Altman. The book also explores how Catholicism was represented and mythologized by other American writers. By highlighting the recurring themes and preoccupations of American Catholic fictions, Giles challenges many of the accepted ideas about the centrality of Romanticism to the American literary canon. He reconstructs the different social, historical, and philosophical contexts from which aesthetics in the "Catholic" tradition have emerged, and shows how these stand in an oblique relationship to the assumptions of the American Enlightenment.
Title:American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, AestheticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:564 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.26 inPublished:January 28, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521057736

ISBN - 13:9780521057738

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Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Old Icons in a New Land: Part II. The Ironies of Modernism: Part III. Poetry of Confession and Apostasy: Part IV. Iconography and the Cinema of Catholicism: Part V. Postmodernism and the Novel of Displacement: Part VI. Legalism and the Fictions of Society.

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"This is a very important work of cultural criticism that belongs in every college library, Catholic or not." AMCA Newsletter