Nineteenth-Century Anti-Catholic Discourses

The Case of Charlotte Brontë

Authors: Peschier, D.

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By the middle of the nineteenth century much clearly gendered, anti-Catholic literature was produced for the Protestant middle classes. Nineteenth Century Anti-Catholic Discourses explores how this writing generated a series of popular Catholic images and looks towards the cultural, social and historical foundation of these representations. Diana Peschier places the novels of Charlotte Brontë within the framework of Victorian social ideologies, in particular the climate created by rise of anti-Catholicism and thus provides an alternative reading of her work.

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DIANA PESCHIER is an independent researcher in Nineteenth-century literature and religion. 

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'This book provides much-needed insight into the widespread anti-Roman Catholic prejudice of mid-nineteenth-century England and highlights the gendered nature of this discourse. It offers a useful context in which to view attitudes to Catholicism in Victorian literature, especially in the novels of Charlotte Brontë.' - Christine Alexander, Professor of English, University of New South Wales, UK

'Peschier's is a useful account and her analyses of the four Brontë novels are original and challenge conventional readings.' - Anthony Chennells, The Heythrop Journal


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Peschier, Diana

    Pages 1-9

  • The Construction of an Anti-Catholic Ideology in the Nineteenth Century: Sexuality, Gender, Patriarchy and the Discourse of Fear

    Peschier, Diana

    Pages 10-24

  • Forgive Me Father: The Sacrament of Confession as a Means to Control and Debauch Young Girls and Women

    Peschier, Diana

    Pages 25-42

  • The Danger of Gliding Jesuits and the Effects of a Catholic Education

    Peschier, Diana

    Pages 43-69

  • Lifting the Veil: A Nineteenth-century Perception of Nuns and Convents

    Peschier, Diana

    Pages 70-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nineteenth-Century Anti-Catholic Discourses
Book Subtitle
The Case of Charlotte Brontë
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-50502-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230505025
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-4302-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52182-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 210
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