Gothic Immortals (Routledge Revivals): The Fiction of the Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross

1st Edition

Marie Mulvey-Roberts

Routledge
Published January 18, 2018
Reference - 239 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138671584 - CAT# Y231006

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Summary

First published in 1990, this book represents the first full-length study of into the group of novels designated ‘Rosicrucian’ and traces the emergence of this distinct fictional genre, revealing a continuous occult tradition running through seemingly diverse literary texts. Taking the Enlightenment as a starting point, the author shows how the physician’s secular appropriation of the idea of eternal life, through the study of longevity and physical decay, attracted writers like William Godwin. It focuses on the bodily immortality of the Rosicrucian hero and investigates the novels of five major writers — Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Maturin, and Bulwer-Lytton.

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