Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives

Hardcover | January 9, 2007

EditorLowell Gallagher, Frederick S. Roden, Patricia Juliana Smith

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This new volume of essays examines the relationship between Catholicism and homosexuality. Why did so many literary Modernists embrace Catholicism? What is their relationship between historical homophobia and contemporary struggles between the Church and the homosexual? Moving from the Gothic to the late Twentieth-century, from Britain to America and France, Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives interrogates what is queer about Catholicism and what is modern about homosexuality. The result is a radical revision of the sacred - in life and art, the body and devotion.

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This new volume of essays examines the relationship between Catholicism and homosexuality. Why did so many literary Modernists embrace Catholicism? What is their relationship between historical homophobia and contemporary struggles between the Church and the homosexual? Moving from the Gothic to the late Twentieth-century, from Britain...

LOWELL GALLAGHER is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Medusa's Gaze: Casuistry and Conscience in the Renaissance as well as numerous articles on early modern English Catholicism, Shakespeare and postmodern ethics.FREDERICK S. RODEN is Associate Professor of English at the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.8 × 5.6 × 0.76 inPublished:January 9, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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List of Illustrations * Acknowledgements * Notes on Contributors * Introduction: The Catholic Modernist Crisis, Queer Modern Catholicisms--F.S.Roden * Queer Converts: Peculiar Pleasures and Subtle Antinomianism--T.L. Long * The Horrors of Catholicism: Religion and Sexuality in Gothic Fiction--G.E.Haggerty * Michael Field, John Gray, and Marc-Andre Raffalovich: Re-Inventing Romantic Friendship in Modernity--F.S.Roden * Confessing Stephen: The Nostalgic Erotics of Catholicism in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man--P.R.O'Malley * 'Uncovenanted Joys': Catholicism, Sapphism, and Cambridge Ritualist Theory in Hope Mirrlees's Madelaine: One of Loves Jansenists--R.Vanita * The Feminist Priest and the Female Outsider: Catholicism and Sexuality in Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop--S.Hill * The Well of Loneliness and the Catholic Rhetoric of Sexual Dissidence--R.Dellamora * 'The Women That God Forgot': Queerness, Camp, Lies and Catholicism in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood--P.J.Smith * 'A Twitch upon the Thread': Revisiting Brideshead Revisited'--F.Coppa * The Altar of the Soul: Sexuality and Spirituality in the Works of Julien Green--T.J.D.Armbrecht * Notes * Index