Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Billington, Raymond A. "Tentative Bibliography of Anti-Catholic Propaganda in the United States." The Catholic Historical Review XVIII (April 1932-January 1933): 492.

Attempts to list and classify all books, pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines published as anti-Catholic propaganda in the United States between 1800 and 1850.

——"The Literature of Anti-Catholicism." In The Protestant Crusade 1800-1860: A Study of the Origins of American Nativism, The Macmillan Company, 1938, pp. 345-79.

Surveys the vast array of nativist anti-Catholic propaganda produced in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Dolan, Jay P. "Catholic Attitudes toward Protestants." In Uncivil Religion: Interreligious Hostility in America, edited by Robert N. Bellah and Frederick E. Greenspahn, pp. 72-86. New York: Crossroad Publishing Co., 1987.

A discussion of the various ways in which Catholics regarded Protestants in the nineteenth century and how they responded to the latter's antagonism.

Elson, Ruth Miller. Guardians of Tradition: American Schoolbooks of the Nineteenth Century. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1964, 424 p.

Discusses the contribution of school textbooks to the anti-Catholicism of the period.

Ewens, Mary. "Roles Seen in the Literature." In The Role of the Nun in Nineteenth-Century America, Arno Press, 1978, pp. 297-325.

Examines the role of the nun in mid- to late-nineteenth century American fiction, showing how the popular portrayal and perception of the Roman Catholic nun shifted over time from one of intense negativity to one of ineffectual virtue.

Gorman, Robert. Catholic Apologetical Literature in the United States (1784-1858). Studies in American Church History, Vol. XXVIII. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 1939, 192 p.

Discusses the chief characteristics of Catholic apologetical literature between 1784 and 1858 and relates them to certain twentieth-century conditions.

Hofstadter, Richard. "The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays." In his The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays. pp. 3-40. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966.

Contains a useful discussion of the anti-Catholic movement in the 1820s and 1830s, its character, and some of the books that fostered it.

Miller, J. R. "Anti-Catholic Thought in Victorian Canada." Canadian Historical Review VI, no. 4 (1985): 474-94.

Examines the social, political, and theological aspects of anti-Catholicism in Victorian Canada.

Thorp, Willard. "Catholic Novelists in Defense of Their Faith, 1829-1865." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society Vol. 78, pt 1 (1968): 25-117.

A discussion of each of the Catholic apologetic novels with American themes published in the thirty-six years between 1829 and 1865; included are several novels with non-American themes, as well as a few from Europe and Great Britain.