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

American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics

Paul Giles

Published January 28th 2008
ISBN : 9780521057738
Paperback
564 pages
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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,MorePaul 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.