The Resource The shamrock and the cross : Irish American novelists shape American Catholicism, Eileen P. Sullivan

The shamrock and the cross : Irish American novelists shape American Catholicism, Eileen P. Sullivan

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The shamrock and the cross : Irish American novelists shape American Catholicism
Title
The shamrock and the cross
Title remainder
Irish American novelists shape American Catholicism
Statement of responsibility
Eileen P. Sullivan
Title variation
Irish American novelists shape American Catholicism
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In The Shamrock and the Cross: Irish American Novelists Shape American Catholicism, Eileen P. Sullivan traces changes in nineteenth-century American Catholic culture through a study of Catholic popular literature. Analyzing more than thirty novels spanning the period from the 1830s to the 1870s, Sullivan elucidates the ways in which Irish immigration, which transformed the American Catholic population and its institutions, also changed what it meant to be a Catholic in America. In the 1830s and 1840s, most Catholic fiction was written by American-born converts from Protestant denominations; after 1850, most was written by Irish immigrants or their children, who created characters and plots that mirrored immigrants' lives. The post-1850 novelists portrayed Catholics as a community of people bound together by shared ethnicity, ritual, and loyalty to their priests rather than by shared theological or moral beliefs. Their novels focused on poor and working-class characters; the reasons they left their homeland; how they fared in the American job market; and where they stood on issues such as slavery, abolition, and women's rights. In developing their plots, these later novelists took positions on capitalism and on race and gender, providing the first alternative to the reigning domestic ideal of women. Far more conscious of American anti-Catholicism than the earlier Catholic novelists, they stressed the dangers of assimilation and the importance of separate institutions supporting a separate culture. Given the influence of the Irish in church institutions, the type of Catholicism they favored became the gold standard for all American Catholics, shaping their consciousness until well into the next century"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
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Sullivan, Eileen P.
Dewey number
813/.3099415
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.I78
LC item number
S85 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Catholic Church
  • Catholic Church
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Catholics
  • Catholic fiction
  • Catholics in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Catholic fiction
  • Catholics in literature
  • Catholics
  • Literature
  • United States
Label
The shamrock and the cross : Irish American novelists shape American Catholicism, Eileen P. Sullivan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The origins of American Catholic fiction -- The Irish Americans: creating a memory of the past -- American anti-Catholicism: the uses of prejudice -- Catholics and religious liberty -- The anti-Protestant novel -- The church as family -- The maternal priest -- A woman's place: making the communal home -- Catholics and economic success -- American politics: Catholics as patriotic outsiders -- Conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 361 pages
Isbn
9780268041526
Lccn
2015047725
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1547248
  • 1511813
  • 1511813
  • (OCoLC)932387378
  • 1504820
  • (OCoLC)ocn932387378
  • 1504820
  • 1511813
  • 1511813
  • 1547248
  • 1547248
Label
The shamrock and the cross : Irish American novelists shape American Catholicism, Eileen P. Sullivan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The origins of American Catholic fiction -- The Irish Americans: creating a memory of the past -- American anti-Catholicism: the uses of prejudice -- Catholics and religious liberty -- The anti-Protestant novel -- The church as family -- The maternal priest -- A woman's place: making the communal home -- Catholics and economic success -- American politics: Catholics as patriotic outsiders -- Conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 361 pages
Isbn
9780268041526
Lccn
2015047725
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1547248
  • 1511813
  • 1511813
  • (OCoLC)932387378
  • 1504820
  • (OCoLC)ocn932387378
  • 1504820
  • 1511813
  • 1511813
  • 1547248
  • 1547248

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