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By Brian Sudlow

This booklet is the 1st comparative examine of its sort to discover at size the French and English Catholic literary revivals of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. It compares person and societal secularization in France and England and examines how French and English Catholic writers understood and contested secular mores, ideologies and praxis, within the person, societal and non secular domain names. It additionally addresses the level to which a few Catholic writers succumbed to the seduction of secular instincts, even satirically in topics that are thought of to be emblematic of Catholic literature. 
 
The breadth of this e-book will make it an invaluable advisor for college students wishing to familiarize yourself with a variety of such writings in France and England in this interval. it is going to additionally attract researchers attracted to Catholic literary and highbrow historical past in France and England, theologians, philosophers and scholars of the sociology of religion.

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Catholic Literature and Secularisation in France and England, 1880-1914

This e-book is the 1st comparative learn of its variety to discover at size the French and English Catholic literary revivals of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. It compares person and societal secularization in France and England and examines how French and English Catholic writers understood and contested secular mores, ideologies and praxis, within the person, societal and spiritual domain names.

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Charles Dickens ably voiced a doctrine of social and individual charity, opposed to the hard utilitarianism of the Benthamites and rooted in an anthropology that affirmed the imaginative and affective capacities of humanity. If, however, his oeuvre can be seen as imaginatively Christian – he almost singlehandedly reinvigorated the celebration of Christmas in England – he was himself an unbeliever, or at least a doubter, not to mention deeply wary of Catholicising tendencies even within the Church of England.

In this sense, the towns, with their more fragmented communities, arguably provided more propitious conditions in which secularisation could flourish. Utilitarianism and positivism Over these shifting sands of diverse religiosity, a secular ideological tumult can be observed. Utilitarianism and positivism, for example, gained considerable credence in early nineteenth-century England through the work of philosophical radicals such as Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. Bentham based societal cohesion on the ‘greatest happiness’ principle which asserts the ‘greatest happiness of all those [concerned] as being the right and proper, [.

104 The death of the deist, spiritualist and anti-Catholic Victor Hugo in 1885 was marked by a lavishly organised, publicly funded civic funeral and by something less than funereal dignity, as prostitutes offered their services for free along the Champs Elysées. The attitudes towards public representation of religion at this time cast even more light on the secularisation process. It is telling, for example, that the Republican government in 1879 appointed La Marseillaise as the national anthem and, in 1880, established Bastille Day, 14 July, as the fête nationale.

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