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‘Really, Though Secretly, a Papist’: G.K. Chesterton's and J. Meade Falkner's Rewritings of the Gothic

Emma McEvoy

in Literature and Theology

Volume 18, issue 1, pages 49-61
Published in print March 2004 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/18.1.49
‘Really, Though Secretly, a Papist’: G.K. Chesterton's and J. Meade Falkner's Rewritings of the Gothic

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This article considers the rewriting of those Gothic conventions which are most symptomatic of Gothic anti-Catholicism in the works of Catholic-sympathising authors, J. Meade Falkner and G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922, creates a priest committed to divine rationality and exposes contemporary Protestant ‘superstition’. J. Meade Falkner’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.

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