Aiming at Heaven, Getting the Earth

Aiming at Heaven, Getting the Earth : The English Catholic Novel Today

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This book argues that there is still vitality in the English Catholic novel. It analyzes the fiction of four contemporary Catholic novelists-Alice Thomas Ellis, David Lodge, Sara Maitland, and Piers Paul Read-and situates their work both within the tradition of the Catholic novel as it developed in France and England and within the changing post Vatican II Catholic more

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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 142.2 x 223.5 x 27.9mm | 589.68g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073911641X
  • 9780739116418

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Marian Crowe persuasively argues the case for the Catholic novel in this enthusiastic and well-researched book. -- Ian Ker, University of Oxfordshow more

About Marian E. Crowe

Marian E. Crowe is a visiting scholar in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Theory of the Catholic Novel Chapter 2 The History of the Catholic Novel in England Chapter 3 The English Catholic Novel Today: Part 4 Alice Thomas Ellis Chapter 5 Strange Doings in Chelsea:The 27th Kingdom Chapter 6 In the Bleak Midwinter:The Birds of the Air Chapter 7 A Cosmic Comedian:Unexplained Laughter Part 8 David LodgeI Chapter 9 Intimations of Immortality:Paradise News Chapter 10 Re-Inventing Catholicism:How Far Can You Go? Chapter 11 Angst Meets Comedy:Therapy Part 12 Sara Maitland Chapter 13 Women of Faith:Daughter of Jerusalem Chapter 14 Through Wilderness to Freedom:Virgin TerritoryH Part 15 Piers Paul Read Chapter 16 Holding on to the Good: Brittle Joys Chapter 17 The Absurdity of Being Polish:Polonaise Chapter 18 A Rebel with a Cause:Monk Dawson Chapter 19 The Mystery of the Resurrection:On the Third Day Chapter 20 Conclusion: A Future for the English Catholic Novel?show more

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