Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

We are grateful to the President and Fellows of Magdalen College Oxford for hosting and supporting, through their Annual Fund, the conferences held in 2010 and 2011, at which most of these chapters were presented, and to the Director of the Maison Française d’Oxford...

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Introduction

Katherine Davies and Toby Garfitt

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pp. 1-27

The “existential” register unites what might only be seen as irreconcilable: the theological aesthetics of Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar and the “philosophy of the concrete” espoused by the Jewish-born agnostic philosopher Jean Wahl. Writing nearly thirty...

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1. “Catholicisme ondoyant”: Catholic Intellectual Engagement andthe Crisis of Civilization in the 1930s

Michael Kelly

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pp. 28-49

Catholics have often struggled to achieve recognition in France as legitimate intellectuals with a distinctive voice and valuable ideas to contribute. To a large extent, this is a result of the difficult interface between religion and politics. However, key Catholic figures in the...

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2. Paul Valéry and French Catholicism: Recognizing the Context of Renewal

Paul Gifford

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pp. 50-68

It must be something of a paradox to identify the sociopolitical and intellectual context of the renewal of French Catholicism in the third and fourth de cades of the twentieth century by appealing to an agnostic intellectual, a poet, thinker, and public writer who, in the...

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3. A Strange Christian: Simone Weil

Florence de Lussy

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pp. 69-87

Simone Weil provides an excellent case study of the problems of commitment (engagement) in relation to French Catholic thought in the mid–twentieth century. Weil was a thoroughgoing intellectual for whom life and thought were inextricably linked. She was and is...

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4. Jean Grenier and the “Spirit of Orthodoxy”

Toby Garfitt

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pp. 88-103

In his studies of the major French literary periodical, the Nouvelle revue française (NRF), in the years leading up to the Second World War, Martyn Cornick has traced how “Jean Paulhan edited the NRF so as to prolong and develop its literary reputation, at the same time...

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5. Charles Du Bos’s Catholicism and His Politics of Sincerity in Interwar France

Katherine Davies

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pp. 104-128

Taking his cue from François Mauriac, literary critic Albert Thibaudet contemplated the currency of sincerity in a 1929 article for the Nouvelle revue française. While stressing the polysemic nature of sincerity—its meaning slips and slides depending on the vocation and...

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6. From Mystique to Théologique: Messiaen’s “ordre nouveau,” 1935–39

Stephen Schloesser

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pp. 129-161

Consult any concert program, review, or advertising for the music of Olivier Messiaen: very likely some variation of the word “mystic” will appear as an identifier or modifier. Partly, this is simply modernity’s lack of an appropriate category. One of the most recent examples...

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7. Rethinking the Modernity of Bernanos: A Girardian Perspective

Brian Sudlow

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pp. 162-185

Since the 1990s there has been a broad critical consensus that the polemical writings of Georges Bernanos are paradoxically modern in substance and style. In his essay on Les grands cimetières sous la lune (A Diary of My Times, 1938), Bernanos’s tract about the Spanish Civil...

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8. “Into the Catacombs of the Past”: Women and War time Trauma in the French Catholic Ressourcement Project (1939–45)

Brenna Moore

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pp. 186-209

In her memoirs, Traversée en solitaire (Solo Crossing), French Catholic medievalist Marie- Madeleine Davy (1903–99; her name is also spelled Marie-Magdeleine) recalls a remarkable afternoon in Paris in December 1943. Trained under Étienne Gilson, Davy had been hired as a...

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9. La Relève and Its Afterlife: A Current of Catholic Renewal in Twentieth-Century Quebec

Joseph Dunlop

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pp. 210-229

Though a preeminent example of French intellectual culture, the influence of the renouveau catholique—the early twentieth- century revival of French Catholic literature and thought—stretched out beyond metropolitan France and even francophone Eu rope to touch an island...

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10. Louis Massignon: A Catholic Encounter with Islam and the Middle East

Anthony O’Mahony

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pp. 230-252

Louis Massignon (1883–1962) was a singular figure in the French Catholic intellectual world between the First and Second World Wars up until Vatican II.¹ His place in the French Catholic milieu defies easy categorization: soldier-diplomat, leading scholar of Islam and...

Notes

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pp. 253-336

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Contributors

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pp. 337-340

Katherine Davies held lectureships in modern European history at Magdalen College Oxford and at Manchester, following which she became an independent researcher including consultancy work at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute and the Overseas...

Index

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pp. 341-350