Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century Fiction

by Susan M. Griffin
     
 

ISBN-10: 052109352X

ISBN-13: 9780521093521

Pub. Date: 01/11/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Susan Griffin uncovers and analyzes the important but neglected body of anti-Catholic fiction written between the 1830s and the turn of the century in both Britain and America. Griffin examines Anglo-American anti-Catholicism and reveals how this sentiment provided Victorians with a set of political, cultural and literary tropes through which they defined themselves…  See more details below

Overview

Susan Griffin uncovers and analyzes the important but neglected body of anti-Catholic fiction written between the 1830s and the turn of the century in both Britain and America. Griffin examines Anglo-American anti-Catholicism and reveals how this sentiment provided Victorians with a set of political, cultural and literary tropes through which they defined themselves as Protestant and therefore normative. She draws on a broad range of writing including works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Kingsley, Henry James, Charlotte Bronte and a range of lesser-know writers. Griffin traces how nineteenth-century writers constructed a Church of Rome against which America, Britain, and Protestant might be identified and critiqued. This book will be essential reading for scholars working on British Victorian literature as well as nineteenth-century American literature; it will be of interest to scholars of literary, cultural and religious studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521093521
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #141
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Awful disclosures : the escaped nun's tale27
2The dead father and the rule of religion : the Oxford movement62
3The foreign father and the sons of the sires : nativist novels of the 1850s91
4Mariolatry, imperial motherhood, and manhood114
5Under which Lord? : ritualism, marriage, and the law153
6Black robes, white veils, and foregone conclusions : Disraeli, Howells, and James179

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