The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

The reception of French Catholic intellectuals in Britain after the second world war

Kelly, Michael (2006) The reception of French Catholic intellectuals in Britain after the second world war French Cultural Studies, 17, (3), pp. 285-302. (doi:10.1177/0957155806068093).

Record type: Article


French intellectuals had a major impact on British cultural life during the post-war years from 1945 to 1960. Among them, Catholic intellectuals were a significant group. This article seeks to reveal some patterns taken in the process of ‘diaspora of ideas’. It identifies three groups of Catholic intellectuals: philosophers such as Mounier and Marcel, writers such as Mauriac and Bernanos, and priests such as Lubac and Teilhard de Chardin. It shows that their ideas travelled through personal contacts, through the work of literary and academic commentators, and especially through published translations. They were received by a largely Catholic audience, divided between elite and working-class groups with different priorities. British publishers and their advisors scanned the French intellectual scene, selecting for translation those items that seemed most relevant to British concerns. They largely ignored or neglected historical, political or institutional issues specific to the French context, and used French ideas to assist them in addressing key issues in Britain

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 2006
Keywords: britain, catholics, france, intellectuals, post-war, writers


Local EPrints ID: 41975
ISSN: 0957-1558
PURE UUID: 7b17c7fb-dbd2-4402-947e-be00fd513190

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 23 Oct 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:25

Export record


Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.