Conversation on Catholic Literary Culture

Amanda Skofstad | June 30, 2017

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More than 250 writers, artists and lovers of literature convened at the University of Notre Dame June 22-24 for “Trying to Say God: Re-enchanting the Catholic Literary Imagination.” This inaugural conference aimed to query the nature and role of contemporary Catholic literature and encourage writers of all genres whose work contains religious themes and concerns.

In his 2012 New York Times essay “Has Fiction Lost its Faith?” Paul Elie, writer and longtime editor for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, painted readers a bleak portrait of a “post-Christian” literary landscape, bereft of obvious successors to postwar American Catholic writers like Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy and Thomas Merton.

Elie’s article inspired major responses from a number of writers, including Dana Gioia, poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts; Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image Journal; and Kaya Oakes, journalist, author and writing teacher at University of California, Berkeley.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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