The Gothic and Catholicism

Religion, Cultural Exchange and the Popular Novel, 1785-1829

Author(s): Maria Purves

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Gothic Literary Studies

  • September 2009 · 192pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708320914
  • ·Paperback - 9780708320907
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708322789

About The Book

This unique and groundbreaking book challenges the prevailing critical view that Gothic is a vehicle for anti-Catholic, anticlerical sentiment. It challenges the accepted scholarly view that the Catholic motifs contained in Gothic novels (e.g. monks, nuns, abbeys, confessionals) signify anti-Catholic prejudice and anti-Church subversiveness on the part of the author and the audience.


"The Gothic novel transports you to a strange and fascinating world quite unlike your own, far away from the calm drawing rooms of Regency England. It is the ultimate escapist literature. It is this world, and its mutually beneficial relationship with Catholicism, that Dr Maria Purves so beautifully illuminates for the reader." The Tablet, May 2010

About the Author(s)

Maria Purves

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

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