Subject: RE: (urth) The proper quote to define Catholic Fabulation Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 10:32:34 -0700 From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Yes: an excellent description of the method of the type of writing=20 you are using the term "catholic fabulation" to describe -- and, I=20 think, one of the earliest bits Lewis wrote under the clear influence=20 of Williams, whose _basic_ method in fiction this seems to be; this influence would almost completely direct the growth of Lewis' last=20 two novels for adults, THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH and TILL WE HAVE FACES=20 -- for my money, his worst and best novels for grownups, respectively. It still remains a puzzlement to me why the word "catholic" seems to have such a grip on you for describing a body of work written at=20 least as much by non-Catholics, and which seems to _this_ Catholic, at least, to have no specifically-Catholic idea, method, or content. But let that pass, because whatever label eventually fits this, it seems to me that you've got hold of a very real, if somewhat evasive, thread of literary-fantastic tradition here, one quite separate from the one labelled "magical realism" -- a label which too often gets=20 applied indiscriminately to any seriously intentioned work of fantasy=20 set (more or less) in the "real" world. So to recognize this separate thread is far more important than what we call it. --Blattid --