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'Really, though secretly, a papist': G.K. Chesterton's and J. Meade Falkner's rewritings of the gothic

McEvoy, Emma (2004) 'Really, though secretly, a papist': G.K. Chesterton's and J. Meade Falkner's rewritings of the gothic. Literature and Theology, 18 (1). pp. 49-61. ISSN 0269-1205

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/18.1.49

Abstract

This article considers the rewriting of those Gothic conventions which are most symptomatic of Gothic anti-Catholicism in the works of Catholic-sympathizing authors, J. Meade Falkner, G. K. Chesterton. Chesterton, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922, creates a priest committed to divine rationality and exposes contemporary Protestant "superstition". J. Meade's Moonfleet, inspired by Gothic revivalism - a movement in many respects antithetical to the sentiments of the Gothic novel - rewrites the relations between father and son, past and present, individual and community.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1477-4623
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:1813
Deposited On:05 Jun 2006
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:30

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