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Tomko Michael , British Romanticism and the Catholic Question: Religion, History and National Identity, 1778–1829, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. xi + 224, £52.50, ISBN: 978-0-230-27951-3. [Book Review]

Heimann, Mary 2012. Tomko Michael , British Romanticism and the Catholic Question: Religion, History and National Identity, 1778–1829, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. xi + 224, £52.50, ISBN: 978-0-230-27951-3. [Book Review]. British Catholic History 31 (1) , pp. 115-116. 10.1017/S0034193200013455

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Abstract

Michael Tomko uses this book to argue that the ‘Catholic question’ which plagued British politics at the end of the eighteenth century has been largely elided from our understanding of romantic-era culture, a mistake which he hopes to rectify here. Tomko provides a reading of the romantic writers which shows that the Catholic question fundamentally permeated romantic-era literature, challenging writers to engage with ideas of British national and religious identity. This book claims that the perceived dangers of Catholicism to “Britishness” (even by pro-emancipation writers such as Byron and Shelley), led to attempts to articulate a via media between religious enthusiasm and superstition.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 2055-7973
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 24 April 2013
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 14:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/102674

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