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‘A land of slavery and superstition’? Hester Thrale and Elizabeth Montagu in France / Caroline Franklin

The Modern Language Review, Volume: 114, Issue: 2, Start page: 212

Swansea University Author: Franklin, Caroline

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Abstract

This article examines the separate journeys to France of Hester Thrale (1741-1821) and Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800), comparing their views on superstition. Thrale was interested in Catholicworship and the way of convent life, especially for British expatriates. When Montagu wentto France, the fourt...

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Published in: The Modern Language Review
ISSN: 00267937
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa48566
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Abstract: This article examines the separate journeys to France of Hester Thrale (1741-1821) and Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800), comparing their views on superstition. Thrale was interested in Catholicworship and the way of convent life, especially for British expatriates. When Montagu wentto France, the fourth edition of her Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear had beenpublished, mounting a wide-ranging attack on Voltaire. She defended Shakespeare’s use of thesupernatural, suggesting that literature drawing on ‘national superstitions’ promoted spiritual andmoral awareness. at both writers were able to challenge rationalist orthodoxies suggests theirsecure faith in modernity.
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 2
Start Page: 212