9780708320914

The Gothic and Catholicism: Religion, Cultural Exchange and the Popular Novel, 1785-1829

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  • ISBN13:

    9780708320914

  • ISBN10:

    0708320910

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-01-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

This unique volume offers up a groundbreaking analysis: proof that a revision is required of the critical commonplace idea in gothic scholarship that the roots of the gothic novel belong within the popular anti-Catholicism of late eighteenth-century Britain. Arguing that despite the predominance of Catholic motifs in gothic novels (monks, nuns, abbeys, and confessionals have long been interpreted as signifying subversiveness), the gothic was neither anti-Catholic nor anti-church, and instead part of a British culture much more sympathetic towards Catholicism during the long eighteenth centuryespecially during and immediately following the French Revolutionthan has been previously supposed.

Author Biography

Maria Purves has served as associate director of the Princeton Atelier, an arts program based at Princeton University.

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