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In looking at Anglican culture in 18th-century Ireland, Killeen (Keele Univ., UK) argues for a connection between the identity concerns of the Anglican Irish and the development of literary features that culminate in the gothic novel. The author begins with the struggles of 1641 and Sir John Temple's The Irish Rebellion, and he situates in Temple's work the origin of the tropes later writers employed. Killeen's examination of Jonathan Swift and Maria Edgeworth is valuable, as is his focus on the theme of cannibalism, which he traces to the Protestant perception of Catholic sacramental practice. He concludes that the gothic provided the Anglican Irish with a means of dealing with their divided view of their Irishness: they were attracted to medieval Catholicism and feared it at the same time. Including an extensive bibliography and a helpful index, this volume will be a valuable tool for specialists in 18th-century English literature. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. M. H. Kealy Immaculata University
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