The Gothic and Catholicism: Religion, Cultural Exchange and the Popular Novel, 1785 - 1829 (Gothic Literary Studies) (Hardcover)

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The Gothic and Catholicism: Religion, Cultural Exchange and the Popular Novel, 1785 - 1829 (Gothic Literary Studies) (Hardcover)

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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 century—especially during and immediately following the French Revolution—than has been previously supposed.

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

Product Details ISBN: 9780708320914
ISBN-10: 0708320910
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication Date: January 15th, 2010
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Gothic Literary Studies

“A highly original contribution to the field which is sure to generate debate among scholars of the Gothic.”


— James Watt, University of York