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God & the Gothic – Religion, Romance, & Reality in the English Literary Tradition - Oxford Scholarship Online
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God & the Gothic: Religion, Romance, & Reality in the English Literary Tradition

Alison Milbank


God and the Gothic undertakes a complete reimagining of the Gothic literary canon to examine its engagement with theological ideas, tracing its origins to the apocalyptic critique of the Reformation female martyrs, and to the Dissolution of the Monasteries, now seen as usurpation of power by the authorities. A double gesture of repudiation and regret is evident in the consequent search for political, aesthetic, and religious mediation, which characterizes the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution and Whig Providential discourse. Part I interprets eighteenth-century Gothic novels in terms of thi ... More

Keywords: Gothic, Reformation, religion, materialism, re-enchantment, England, Scotland, Ireland, Church of England

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Milbank, author
Associate Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Nottingham

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