The reception of Christianity not mysterious, 1696–1702
dissent which was almost more significant than the
intellectual or theological propositions advanced by Toland in Christianity not
Christianity not mysterious has traditionally been understood as part of the
ongoing debate about the nature of the Trinity that convulsed theological
discourse in the 1690s.54 In particular the relationship between Christianity
not mysterious and John Locke’s The Reasonableness of Christianity (1695) and
the criticalreception of the latter work within an anti-Trinitarian context, has
meant that historiography has commonly seen
of interpretation in the oeuvre. However, in this volume neither
intertextuality (or even the more affectively invested ‘influence’)
nor context are simply welcomed with the sigh of relief that seems
to have characterised their recent criticalreception. They do not
allow us to finally stop worrying about issues that elude the aesthetics and let us go back to good, honest, uncomplicated spade
work: critics as diverse as Pilling, Cohn and Connor have always
known that archive work was never that. Persuasive literary criticism has always, be it labelled humanist
‘Gothicism’, ‘historicism’, and the overlap of fictional modes from Thomas Leland to Walter Scott
elements rigidly to the past. 31 What we see in gothic literature, Hoeveler contended, ‘is not a simple forward-moving trajectory that we would recognize as the Enlightenment project’, but, instead, ‘an oscillation in which the transcendent and traditional religious beliefs and tropes are alternately preserved and reanimated and then blasted and condemned’ – a wavering strikingly present in the Monthly Review 's appraisal of Otranto as well. 32
As is clear from the contrasting criticalreception of the first and second
Regina Maria Roche, the Minerva Press, and the bibliographic spread of Irish gothic fiction
situated Irish gothic fiction at the centre of a newly understood transcontinental and transatlantic gothic literary production – an enduring cultural activity that spanned international borders and concomitantly contributed to, just as it was shaped by, transnational and cross-cultural exchange.
The first part of this chapter accordingly offers a brief contextual consideration of Roche's career in London as well as the contemporary criticalreception of her works. Despite rivalling in popularity Ann Radcliffe (1764–1823) and Isabella Kelly (c.1759
civilisational level (see also Unay and Senel, 2009), Cox’s axiomatic comments are a significant contribution from the political sciences to the paradigm
of civilisational analysis. They have not gone unnoticed and not escaped criticalreception. The detractors cannot be addressed here, excepting one observation.
Cox’s advanced theory of international political economy is the most striking
attempt to marry civilisational analysis and a version of Marxism, and none of
the critics address this aspect of Cox’s work.
Cox’s vision of a pluri-civilisational normative global order
Image Ethics. Including a final chapter on The
Winter’s Tale prior to his concluding
‘Coda’, Meek discusses the ‘statue
scene’ in relation to its criticalreception in Narrating
the Visual , pp. 172–80.
O’Connell, The Idolatrous Eye , p.
Individuality, identification and multidirectional memorialisation in post-genocide Rwanda
(Abingdon: Routledge, 2013), p. 2.
2 J. Kristeva, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (New York: Columbia
University Press, 1984), p. 1.
3 Ibid., p. 3.
4 See P. Gourevitch, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be
Killed with Our Families (London: Picador, 2000). This book enjoyed
a warm criticalreception. Gourevitch was awarded the National Book
Critics Circle Award, the George Polk Book Award, the Los Angeles
Times Book Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the PEN/Martha
Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, among many others. The concern that some
whether they merely took the opportunity of exploiting
Toland’s work available in the same library. By 1719 Toland’s reputation in
relation to his account of Moses had already been compromised by the criticalreception of Origines Judaicae. Given the careful attention paid by all the
participants to covering up the historical origins and authorship of the Traité,
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inclusion of such an easily recognisable extract would have prompted much
finger pointing from Christian critics.
What Toland was trying to
established. Equally, however, as foundational values, these patterns
of opinion played a fundamental role in holding up the commercial
edifice on which English prosperity was based. As a consequence,
his account provided both a powerful demonstration of the need to
preserve England’s commercial foundations, and a warning regarding
the consequences – essentially a return to the barbarism of the early
medieval period – of not heeding history’s lessons.
6. Revisions to the History of England
While Hume was initially disappointed both by the criticalreception and