The Catholic New Left: Language, Liturgy, and Literature in Slant Magazine 1964-1970
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Kilbride, L. (2017). The Catholic New Left: Language, Liturgy, and Literature in Slant Magazine 1964-1970. Renascence, 69 (3), 174-185. https://doi.org/10.5840/renascence201769315
What kind of language might fit readers for revolution, where the reader’s revolutionary destiny is understood to be revealed in the divine humanity of Jesus Christ? The first half of this question will be familiar as one of the concerns of the New Left in Britain in the 1960s, whose emphasis—in Raymond Williams’ formulation—on culture as ‘a whole way of life’ (Williams 281) continues to inform our justification (and more recently our defence) of the humanities. However, the twist is less familiar. Not only must we ask what the place of language is, how it unfolds in institutions and in literary artworks; we must also consider language unfolding in the context of the revelation of human destiny in the historical fact of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. This is not a question at the forefront of any recent argument concerning the centrality of culture for a revolutionary agenda. Yet renewed interest in the relationship between catholicism and the avant-garde, the analogy between poetic and liturgical form being pursued in philosophical theology, and the theological turn in literary studies suggests that a return to this question may not be untimely. In this direction, the efforts of the priests, critics and theologians who contributed to thirty issues of Slant magazine between 1964 and 1970 offers an important test case.
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