Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature

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Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature

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The Roman Catholic faith has inspired some of the world's greatest creative works and has been a powerful force in history from the Roman Empire to the present. Catholic writers reflect their heritage in their works, and generations of readers have continued to appreciate the Catholic literary tradition. Many works by Catholic writers hold a high place in the literary canon and have exerted a tremendous cultural and political influence. Still others continue to be widely read by contemporary readers and quietly shape modern society. Some works, too, reflect the conflicts of the Catholic Church in the 21st century and capture the struggles of individual Catholics in a secular society. This encyclopedia covers the vast riches of the Catholic literary tradition from its origins to the present day. Included are substantial entries on more than 70 major works from around the world. A special effort has been made to cover women writers and writers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, whose works reflect the many dimensions of the Catholic experience. The encyclopedia provides entries on such writers and works as St. Augustine's Confessions, Catherine of Siena's Dialogue, Dante's The Divine Comedy, Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and Muriel Spark's Memento Mori. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography of the writer, a plot summary of a major work, an extended critical discussion, an overview of the work's critical reception, and a selected bibliography. The entries give detailed attention to particular works and explore their relation to Catholic thought. The encyclopedia concludes with a selected, general bibliography.

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"Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature contains essays about 77 important works of Catholic literary writing, chosen because they were "informed in a substantial and meaningful way by the structures, traditions, history, spirituality, and/or culture of Catholicism....The essays, written by professors of theology and literature, are deeply researched and thoughtful, as well as fascinating in their insights into the important Catholic connections and meanings in each work....Highly recommended. All collections."-Choice "This tool will serve students of both literature and religion with an excellent starting point for research."-Lawrence Looks At Books "[A]s a guide to the very best in Catholic literature, this is an outstanding resource....[b]elonging in all academic libraries."-Catholic Library World "[H]ighly recommended for both high school and college-level libraries....[a]n essential encyclopedia for any Catholic reference library holding."-MBR Bookwatch "[T]his resource provides a good overview of Catholic thought as embodied in works that are literary rather than doctrinal. Of interest to academic and larger public libraries."-Library Journal "[Readers] will find, in addition to the subtantial critical material ... an understanding of the doctrinal underpinning ... that characterizes religious writing, including Roman Catholic and Catholic writing, at its best."-Reference Reviews "Essays are written by noted scholars and include a biography of the author, a plot summary for narrative works, a critical discussion woth emphasis on Catholic themes and content, critical reception history, and often a supplemental biography....The Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature will serve readers from such disciplines as history, women's studies, and religion. Recommended for academic and large public library collections."-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin "�A�s a guide to the very best in Catholic literature, this is an outstanding resource....�b�elonging in all academic libraries."-Catholic Library World "�H�ighly recommended for both high school and college-level libraries....�a�n essential encyclopedia for any Catholic reference library holding."-MBR Bookwatch "�T�his resource provides a good overview of Catholic thought as embodied in works that are literary rather than doctrinal. Of interest to academic and larger public libraries."-Library Journal "�Readers� will find, in addition to the subtantial critical material ... an understanding of the doctrinal underpinning ... that characterizes religious writing, including Roman Catholic and Catholic writing, at its best."-Reference Reviews ?This tool will serve students of both literature and religion with an excellent starting point for research.?-Lawrence Looks At Books ?[A]s a guide to the very best in Catholic literature, this is an outstanding resource....[b]elonging in all academic libraries.?-Catholic Library World ?[H]ighly recommended for both high school and college-level libraries....[a]n essential encyclopedia for any Catholic reference library holding.?-MBR Bookwatch ?[T]his resource provides a good overview of Catholic thought as embodied in works that are literary rather than doctrinal. Of interest to academic and larger public libraries.?-Library Journal ?[Readers] will find, in addition to the subtantial critical material ... an understanding of the doctrinal underpinning ... that characterizes religious writing, including Roman Catholic and Catholic writing, at its best.?-Reference Reviews ?Essays are written by noted scholars and include a biography of the author, a plot summary for narrative works, a critical discussion woth emphasis on Catholic themes and content, critical reception history, and often a supplemental biography....The Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature will serve readers from such disciplines as history, women's studies, and religion. Recommended for academic and large public library collections.?-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin ?Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature contains essays about 77 important works of Catholic literary writing, chosen because they were "informed in a substantial and meaningful way by the structures, traditions, history, spirituality, and/or culture of Catholicism....The essays, written by professors of theology and literature, are deeply researched and thoughtful, as well as fascinating in their insights into the important Catholic connections and meanings in each work....Highly recommended. All collections.?-Choice

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MARY R. REICHARDT is Professor of Catholic Studies and English at the University of St. Thomas. Her previous books include Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook (Greenwood, 2001).

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