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Refugee Nuns, the French Revolution, and British Literature by Tonya J. Moutray

By Tonya J. Moutray

In eighteenth-century literature, destructive representations of Catholic nuns and convents have been pervasive. but, through the politico-religious crises initiated by means of the French Revolution, a impressive literary shift came about as British writers championed the reason for nuns, lauded their socially appropriate paintings, and addressed the allure of the convent for British girls. Interactions with Catholic spiritual, together with clergymen and nuns, Tonya J Moutray argues, inspired writers, together with Hester Thrale Piozzi, Helen Maria Williams, and Charlotte Smith, to revaluate the ancient and modern application of non secular refugees. past an research of literary texts, Moutray's research additionally examines nuns’ own and collective narratives, in addition to information insurance in their arrival to England, permitting a nuanced research of a number matters, together with nuns' displacement and imprisonment in France, their rhetorical and useful innovations to withstand professionals, representations of refugee migration to and resettlement in England, relationships with benefactors and locals, and the felony prestige of "English" nuns and convents in England, together with their paintings in recruitment and schooling. Moutray exhibits how writers and the media negotiated the multivalent determine of the nun in the course of the 1790s, shaping British perceptions of nuns and convents in the course of a time serious to their survival.

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