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Jeffrey Richards

the nineteenth century and from the 1840s onwards May Day festivities were consciously revived in various parts of the country. 47 For all its antiquarian and historical detail, The Lancashire Witches was first and foremost a Gothic Romance. Ainsworth, a Tory, an Anglican and an arch-Romantic, had consciously sought to revive the Gothic novel. He admitted in a preface to Rookwood : Romance, if I am not mistaken, is destined shortly to undergo an important change. Modified by the German and French writers – by

in The Lancashire witches
Heather Walton

has not always been a friendly word for women. In previous generations women’s significant creative work has not been included within the established literary canons (for a discussion of the dynamics of exclusion see, for example, Spender, 1986). The genres in which many women have chosen to write (e.g. gothic, romance and detective fiction) have always been viewed as of lesser significance – hardly literature at all. When women employ the word ‘literature’ it carries with it the history of all these exclusions. 14 The dream of harmony In a work of this kind it is

in Literature, theology and feminism