Theology, Horror and Fiction: A Reading of the Gothic Nineteenth Century (Paperback)

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Longlisted for the 2022 International Gothic Association's Allan Lloyd Smith Prize

Surpassing scholarly discourse surrounding the emergent secularism of the 19th century, Theology, Horror and Fiction argues that the Victorian Gothic is a genre fascinated with the immaterial. Through close readings of popular Gothic novels across the 19th century - Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray, among others - Jonathan Greenaway demonstrates that to understand and read Gothic novels is to be drawn into the discourses of theology.

Despite the differences in time, place and context that informed the writers of these stories, the Gothic novel is irreducibly fascinated with religious and theological ideas, and this angle has been often overlooked in broader scholarly investigations into the intersections between literature and religion. Combining historical theological awareness with interventions into contemporary theology, particularly around imaginative apologetics and theology and the arts, Jonathan Greenaway offers the beginnings of a modern theology of the Gothic.

About the Author

Jonathan Greenaway is Researcher in Theology and Horror at the University of Chester, UK.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501371356
ISBN-10: 1501371355
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: July 28th, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English
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