Graham Greenes Catholic Imagination

Hardcover | February 24, 2005

byMark Bosco

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Much has been written about Graham Greene's relationship to his Catholic faith and its privileged place within his texts. His early books are usually described as "Catholic Novels" - understood as a genre that not only uses Catholic belief to frame the issues of modernity, but also offersCatholicism's vision and doctrine as a remedy to the present crisis in Western civilization. Greene's later work, by contrast, is generally regarded as falling into political and detective genres. In this book, Mark Bosco argues that this is a false dichotomy created by a narrowly prescriptiveunderstanding of the Catholic genre and obscures the impact of Greene's developing religious imagination on his literary art.

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Much has been written about Graham Greene's relationship to his Catholic faith and its privileged place within his texts. His early books are usually described as "Catholic Novels" - understood as a genre that not only uses Catholic belief to frame the issues of modernity, but also offersCatholicism's vision and doctrine as a remedy to...

Mark Bosco, S.J. is Assistant Professor of English and Theology at Loyola University Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 6.18 × 9.41 × 0.91 inPublished:February 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Mark Bosco has written a landmark study of the full sweep of Graham Greenes fiction. Most previous work has focused on Greenes Catholic novels to the neglect and misunderstanding of his later post-Catholic fiction. What is distinctive and revisionist about Boscos book is his argument that theperiods of Greenes work represent different phases of his Catholic sensibility and in particular his argument that the later novels grow out of Greenes engagement with issues vital to Vatican II Catholicism and to the emergence of liberation theology. What makes this argument utterly convincing ishis richly nuanced reading of the novels."--Albert Gelpi, Professor Emeritus of English, Stanford University