Losing a Family, Gaining a Church

  • Teresa Huffman Traver


This chapter examines how journalistic and literary reactions to the prominent separation of converts Pierce and Cornelia Connelly used marital breakup as a metaphor for the threat Catholic conversion posed to the English nation. Elizabeth Shipton Harris, a convert disappointed with Catholicism, fictionalized one such depiction of a broken marriage in From Oxford to Rome, an 1847 tale of the tragic disappointment suffered by Catholic converts that provided a launching point for John Henry Newman’s pro-conversion novel, Loss and Gain. I argue that Newman co-opted Harris’ connection of conversion and homelessness in order to claim that the transnational home and cosmopolitan identity found in Catholicism were superior to a narrow conception of English identity centered on the Anglican Church.


Connelly case From Oxford to Rome Loss and Gain Tractarian Movement 

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  • Teresa Huffman Traver
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  1. 1.California State University, ChicoChicoUSA

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