Title Living on the frontier of Catholicism: Graham Greene's disloyal conversions
Authors VALVERDE JIMÉNEZ, BEATRIZ, Bosco, Mark S. J., VALVERDE JIMÉNEZ, BEATRIZ
External publication No
Means Eur. J. Engl. Stud.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 4
SJR Quartile 2
JCR Impact 0.20000
Area International
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Publication date 02/01/2019
ISI 000473210100004
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85068152519
DOI 10.1080/13825577.2019.1594143
Abstract Graham Greene's novels are often discussed - and evaluated - in light of the author's religious preoccupations. As Greene was a convert to the Catholic faith from a nominal Anglican upbringing, critics have often addressed the representation of Catholicism in his work as an alternative - and minority - discourse of modernity, trying to categorize his religious affiliations and utilizing his theological concerns as a means of interpreting the moral discourse of his narratives. Moving beyond the debate of such categorizations, in this paper the authors examine Greene's conversion as an individualized process, reconsidering his religious conversion through an analysis of one of the key paradoxes that extends throughout all of Greene's work: his sustained argument for the 'virtue of disloyalty' found in both his essays and novels. Through the lens of Yuri Lotman's cultural semiotic theory and, concretely, his notion of the frontier, this essay suggests a fresh understanding of the role that his conversion played in his developing moral and political vision. By focusing on four of Greene's major novels, The Power and the Glory, A Burnt-Out Case, The Honorary Consul and Monsignor Quixote, the authors examine how Greene apprehends the frontiers of his Catholic faith.
Keywords Graham Greene; Catholicism; conversion; disloyalty; frontier
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