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Catholic Sensationalism and Victorian Literature

Maureen Moran


This book examines 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. It 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’.

Keywords: Victorian sensationalism, Roman Catholicism, religious Other, theological excesses, cultural tensions, secular fears, crime, sex, violence, doctrinal superstitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310706
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312762


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maureen Moran, author