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The Jesuit MythConspiracy Theory and Politics in Nineteenth-Century France$
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Geoffrey Cubitt

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198228684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228684.001.0001

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Structures, Imagery, and Argument

Structures, Imagery, and Argument

(p.182) 5 Structures, Imagery, and Argument
The Jesuit Myth

Geoffrey Cubitt

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This chapter discusses the salient themes, images, and arguments surrounding the anti-jesuitism mythology. In this chapter, the notion of an existing conspiracy and Jesuit domination which provided the framework from which anti-jesuits formed their hostility and deference is analyzed and discussed. While the notion of conspiracy is discussed here, the focus is predominantly centred on the imagery of the Jesuit organization found in anti-jesuit literatures. These four dominant imageries of the Jesuits expressed in the literature are the images of light and darkness, of ambush and trapping, of animality, and of disease.

Keywords:   images, arguments, anti-jesuitism mythology, conspiracy, Jesuit domination, imagery, anti-jesuit literatures

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