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Catholic Modernists, English Nationalists
978-1-61149-133-3 • Hardback
February 2010 • $75.00 • (£44.95)
Pages: 237
Size: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
By Timothy J. Sutton
 
Literary Criticism | Reference
University Press Copublishing Division | University of Delaware
Catholic Modernists, English Nationalists examines how the Catholic conversions of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Ford Madox Ford, T. S. Eliot (an Anglo-Catholic), Evelyn Waugh, and Graham Greene influenced and were influenced by literary modernism in England. These modernist Catholic converts in England owe their conversions to a desire for a comprehensive spiritual answer to the social and psychological challenges of modernity. Because an impulse toward transcendent ideologies and a persistent nostalgia were central components of conservative strains of literary modernism in England, these converts were led toward Catholicism in part because of their practice of modernist aesthetics and its correlative ideological positions. Therefore, this book offers a nuanced trajectory of the modernist movement by suggesting that conservative strains of modernism developed directly because of the early modernists' emphasis on reviving certain fragments of literary tradition and due to the inherent nostalgia in much of their work.
Timothy J. Sutton teaches at the University of Miami.
Timothy J. Sutton’s Catholic Modernists, English Nationalists gauges the complex Catholic influence on imaginative writing in the first half of the twentieth century. Sutton supplies an incisive chapter on Ford Madox Ford, his conversion to Catholicism, and how this fraught process altered his stance towards the aesthetic and political strains of literary modernism.

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