‘Gothicism’, ‘historicism’, and the overlap of fictional modes from Thomas Leland to Walter Scott
Conventionally read as a paltry imitation of Scott's model, The Albigenses is not, in fact, Maturin's first or only fictional engagement with the issues of historicity, authenticity, and the translation of popularculture into print central to the Waverley novels. 118 But, it is often held up as proof of the failure of the historical novel to thrive in Ireland, an assessment linked to the obvious overlap of gothic and historical modes of fiction in The Albigenses . 119 The novel is a fascinating example of the cross-formal nature of early nineteenth-century literature
Sleath, The Orphan of the Rhine , p. viii.
Carolyn Jewel intended to deliver a paper,
‘Eleanor Sleath: a writer rediscovered’, at the March
2008 PopularCulture Association Annual Conference; however, notes
on the conference show that she was unable to attend, http://teachmetonight.blogspot.com/2008_03_01_archive