Dermot A. Ryan1
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  • 1 Loyola Marymount University
This Vast Machine
Catholicism as System in Charles Maturin‘s Melmoth the Wanderer
in Gothic Studies
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This essay casts a new light on the anti-Catholicism of Charles Robert Maturin‘s gothic novel Melmoth the Wanderer by reading it as part of a larger assault on systems in the wake of the French Revolution. Maturin‘s attack on the stupendous system of Catholicism contributes to a broader conservative polemic against all forms of international governance. Melmoth the Wanderer‘s portrait of the Church offers us an early instance of modern conservatisms archnemesis: an international system that conspires to rule the world.

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