Catholic Sensationalism and Victorian Literature


Exotic, corrupt, and dangerous, Roman Catholicism functioned in the popular Victorian imagination as a highly sensationalized and implacably anti-English enemy. Maureen Moran's lively study considers a wide range of key authors- including Charlotte Brontë, Robert Browning, Wilkie Collins, and George Eliot, as well as a number of non-canonical writers- to give a detailed account of the cultural tensions between Catholics and Protestants. Moran shows that rather than representing a traditional religious schism, the demonizing of Catholics resulted from secular fears over crime, sex, and violence.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Charles Kingsley
  • Wilkie Collins
  • Charlotte Brontë
  • Robert Browning
  • Grace Aguilar
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Liverpool, England
Publication year:
  • 2007


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