Cloth $140.00 ISBN: 9781783160488 Published August 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Gothic Ideology

Religious Hysteria and Anti-Catholicism in British Popular Fiction, 1780-1880

Diane Long Hoeveler

Diane Long Hoeveler

Distributed for University of Wales Press

352 pages | 9 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $140.00 ISBN: 9781783160488 Published August 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Why have generations of readers been intrigued and entertained by tales of evil or persecuted nuns, lecherous monks, dank torture chambers, and haunted, ruined abbeys? The Gothic Ideology argues that the British Protestant imaginary, in order to modernize and secularize, needed an “other” against which it could define itself as a culture and a nation with distinct boundaries. The Gothic Ideology is the first scholarly book to examine the literary and historical origins and uses of these themes, analyzing at the same time their importance in gothic literatures intended for the British lower and middle classes from 1780 to 1880.
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