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A Chastened Communion
Modern Irish Poetry and Catholicism

Andrew J. Auge

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3329-7    |    2013

ebook 978-0-8156-5239-7

"The title—A Chastened Communion: Modern Irish Poetry and Catholicism—implies that after a period of retreat and repentance, the Irish church will emerge vibrant and renewed to meet the challenges of the future. But although he cautions that ‘we might be inclined to add a note of regret to the general celebratory chorus heralding the passing of Irish Catholicism,’ Auge neither expects nor predicts any such revival. His study is all the more convincing for that honesty. The effect on those disposed to receive it will indeed be liberating"—New Hibernia Review

"In a fascinating and original study, Auge argues that in addition to political and cultural postcolonial reconstruction, one can see in Ireland’s literature the urge among many of its modern poets to examine and reconfigure the effects of the country’s austere and demoralizing version of Roman Catholicism....The work is carefully researched, intellectually challenging, and well written."—Choice

"The prose is refreshingly clear and often well-turned. . . . This book will be useful for scholars of Irish poetry as well as for scholars of Irish Catholicism."—Daniel Tobin, author of Awake in America

  A Chastened Communion

  Andrew J. Auge is professor of English at Loras College in Iowa. His articles have been published in numerous journals, including New Hibernia Review and Contemporary Literature.

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