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Published:
October 2005
ISBN:
1-85182-943-1
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Gothic Ireland: horror and the Anglican imagination in the long eighteenth century

JARLATH KILLEEN

This book examines the formation of Anglican identity in Ireland throughout the long, 18th century. Beginning with the 1641 Rebellion, which constitutes the inaugurating event of Anglican Ireland, the book traces the convolutions of this identity through to the Act of Union in 1801.

It argues that Gothicism is the basic modality in which Anglican Ireland found expression, and traces the themes and modes of Gothic writing in political tracts, philosophical pamphlets, graveyard poetry, aesthetic treatises, and Gothic novels. In linking these diffuse modes of writing through their common recourse to a Gothic language, this book produces a psycho-history of the Anglican mind.

Jarlath Killeen is an IRCHSS Fellow based in UCD. He is the author of The faiths of Oscar Wilde (forthcoming).

272pp October 2005