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Catholic Literature and Secularisation in France and England, 1880-1914$
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Brian Sudlow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083112

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083112.001.0001

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Mending secular fragmentation

Mending secular fragmentation

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

Brian Sudlow

Manchester University Press

This chapter provides a useful paradigm to analyse anti-secular alternatives. It outlines ways in which French and English Catholic writers seek to reimagine society and economics on a sacred basis. Cavanaugh's Eucharistic counter-politics has helped to draw out some of the governing dynamics at work in their writings. In spite of the religious shape of cultural and historic roots, the passionate neo-monarchism of the French Catholic writers—monarchism shaped more by Maurrassian influence than anything else—apes Republican State idealism, with its absolute confidence in monarchy as a panacea. The roots of such confidence arguably go back to the direction taken by the French monarchy under the influence of the divine right of kings, a paradoxically secular model—because conflating religion and politics and subjecting the former to the latter—in religious clothing.

Keywords:   Eucharistic counter-politics, neo-monarchism, secular model, French Catholic writers, French monarchy, monarchism, Maurrassian, Republican State idealism, religious clothing

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