Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America
By Paula M. Kane
328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 27 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2658-1
Published: August 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0761-0
Published: November 2013
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Drawing on accounts by clerical authorities, ordinary Catholics, doctors, and journalists--as well as on medicine, anthropology, and gender studies--Kane explores American Catholic mysticism, setting it in the context of life after World War I and showing the war’s impact on American Christianity. Sister Thorn's life, she reveals, marks the beginning of a transition among Catholics from a devotional, Old World piety to a newly confident role in American society.
About the Author
Paula M. Kane is associate professor and John and Lucine O’Brien Marous Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Separatism and Subculture: Boston Catholicism, 1900-1920.
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"To be sure, this is required reading for anyone interested in Catholic studies. But American religious historians of all stripes should read this book, which stands as a paradigm example of how to connect an intensely local topic with broader themes of modernity, ethnicity, gender, urbanization, assimilation, globalization, and the like."--BeforeItsNews.com
"The clarity and accessibility of the writing is exceeded only by Kane's expert analysis. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."--Choice
“Sister Thorn is an impressive work of scholarship.”--Catholic Books Review
“[An] innovative approach to anthropologically-informed history. . . . Likely to become standard reading for students of American religious history.”--Religion in American History
"Kane’s book is a noteworthy achievement. It demonstrates a remarkable fluency with a wide body of scholarly literature as well as with archival sources from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean."--Journal of American History
“Full of insight and surprises.”--America