"Bred a jesuit": A simple story and late eighteenth-century english catholic culture

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Accounts of the English novel's development often stress religious precursors, such as forms of self-analysis, improvement, and preparation for the fulfillment of one's identity, and most studies have focused on Protestant traditions. Other denominations may provide keys to literary interpretation, however, as Bridget Keegan shows in her analysis of a late-eighteenth-century novel, Elizabeth Inchbald's A Simple Story (1791). Keegan uses the novel's representation of core Jesuit "charisms," the goals of Ignatian spirituality, to shed light on what has seemed inexplicable about its characters and puzzling or even contradictory in its structure and themes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-706
Number of pages20
JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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