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