Catholic Sensationalism and Victorian Literature

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Catholic Sensationalism and Victorian Literature

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 49

2007

May 1st, 2007

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Catholic Sensationalism and Victorian Literature offers a highly original examination of Victorian sensationalism through the exploration of popular literary representations of Roman Catholicism, that exotic, corrupt religious Other which is inscribed as the implacable anti-English enemy. The book demonstrates how new understandings of cultural tensions of the period are gained through the association of Roman Catholicism with secular fears of crime, sex and violence, rather than with theological ‘excesses’ and doctrinal ‘superstitions’.

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Maureen Moran is Professor of English Literature at Brunel University and a member of the Advisory Committee for the national English Subject Centre, and of the Executive Committee of the English Association.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents7
Acknowledgements8
Introduction9
1: Sensational Invasions: The Jesuit, the State and the Family36
2: Nuns and Priests: Sensations of the Cloister85
3: Persecution and Martyrdom: Th e Law and the Body139
4: Feeling the Great Change: Conversion and the Authority of Affect185
5: Art Catholicism and the New Catholic Baroque239
Epilogue292
Index319