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Catholic Particularity in Seventeenth-Century French Writing: 'Christianity is Strange'

Richard Parish


The book adopts as its theme Pascal's assertion that “Christianity is strange” (“le christianisme est étrange”), taken from the Pensées, and explores various possible understandings of the statement in terms of Catholic particularity, as it was expressed in the writing of the French seventeenth century. This was a period of quite exceptional fertility in a range of genres: apologetics, sermons, devotional manuals, catechisms, martyr tragedies, lyric poetry, polemic, and spiritual autobiography. The chapters consider a broad cross‐section of this corpus with reference to the topics of apologeti ... More

Keywords: France, seventeenth century, Christian doctrine, Catholic Reformation, particularity, strangeness, orthodoxy, writing, genres

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596669
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Parish, author
Professor of French in the University of Oxford, and Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford
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