Roads to Rome: The Antebellum Protestant Encounter with Catholicism

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University of California Press, 1 ene. 1994 - 500 páginas
The mixture of hostility and fascination with which native-born Protestants viewed the "foreign" practices of the "immigrant" church is the focus of Jenny Franchot's cultural, literary, and religious history of Protestant attitudes toward Roman Catholicism in nineteenth-century America.
Franchot analyzes the effects of religious attitudes on historical ideas about America's origins and destiny. She then focuses on the popular tales of convent incarceration, with their Protestant "maidens" and lecherous, tyrannical Church superiors. Religious captivity narratives, like those of Indian captivity, were part of the ethnically, theologically, and sexually charged discourse of Protestant nativism.
Discussions of Stowe, Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Lowell--writers who sympathized with "Romanism" and used its imaginative properties in their fiction--further demonstrate the profound influence of religious forces on American national character. The mixture of hostility and fascination with which native-born Protestants viewed the "foreign" practices of the "immigrant" church is the focus of Jenny Franchot's cultural, literary, and religious history of Protestant attitudes toward Roman Catholicism in nineteenth-century America.
Franchot analyzes the effects of religious attitudes on historical ideas about America's origins and destiny. She then focuses on the popular tales of convent incarceration, with their Protestant "maidens" and lecherous, tyrannical Church superiors. Religious captivity narratives, like those of Indian captivity, were part of the ethnically, theologically, and sexually charged discourse of Protestant nativism.
Discussions of Stowe, Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Lowell--writers who sympathized with "Romanism" and used its imaginative properties in their fiction--further demonstrate the profound influence of religious forces on American national character.
 

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Índice

THE NEW AND OLD WORLDS
3
Coda to Part 1
83
Nativism and Its Enslavements
99
The Cruel
112
The Inquisitional Enclosures
162
and Its Protestant Voyeurs
182
PART THREE CONVERSION AND ITS FICTIONS
197
His Priestly Influence
221
PART FOUR FOUR CONVERTS
277
Rewriting
302
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Jenny Franchot is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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