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God & the GothicReligion, Romance, & Reality in the English Literary Tradition$
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Alison Milbank

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198824466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198824466.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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(p.305) Epilogue
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God & the Gothic
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Alison Milbank

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824466.003.0016

The premises of the book are reprised in the Epilogue to argue for an intensification of religious themes as the Protestant downgrading of spiritual mediating practices leads to a hollowed out secular materialism, requiring a more sympathetic recuperation of Catholic sacramentality, even to establish the spiritual Protestant subject. Recent Gothic fiction by Sarah Perry, Andrew Hurley, and James Robertson illustrates the ongoing importance of Whig, Catholic, and Scottish Calvinist modes of Gothic in contemporary fiction, which questions the limits of the natural.

Keywords:   Sarah Perry, Andrew Hurley, James Robertson, Hilary Mantel, materialism, The Loney, The Essex Serpent, The Testament of Gideon Mack

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