Monsters and Morality in Romanticism


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Dracula, Frankenstein, Mr Hyde, the monsters of Romantic and Gothic novels have become important cultural touchstones. We take a look at how reading about these monsters can help you explore Catholicism and morality.

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock and Chloe Colla

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Books discussed:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Monk by Matthew Lewis

Other Items referenced:

Reason’s Shadow: Romanticism’s Impact on Catholic Thought by Kristen Drahos

Robert Louis Stevenson by G.K. Chesterton, extract read can be found here

Fountains of Carrots Podcast, Episode 091: Delving into the Mind of a Catholic Novelist with Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

Dracula and Dominican Vampire Slayers: A Bloody Habit by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson Review by Karen Ullo

The Catholicity of Monsters by Karen Ullo

Anti-Catholicism in Matthew Lewis’ The Monk by Kate Adams

“This demon in the garb of a monk”: Shakespeare, the Gothic and the discourse of anti-Catholicism by David Salter

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