Diritto e Religione. Esempi dal romanzo gotico inglese

  • Daniela Carpi Università di Verona
Parole chiave: Law, religion, English Literature, Gothic novels


The essay highlights the mutual interaction of Law and Religion. Instead of embracing the secular separation between these two domains, the Author focuses her attention on the elements which Law shares with Religion. In particular, Law and Religion: a) are based on a complex system of prescriptions and prohibitions; b) keep and guard an inner sense of mystery and inaccessibility; c) are communicated through a bulk of symbols and rituals; d) mark a tension towards transcendence. The general arguments, discussed on a theoretical and epistemological level, are therefore analyzed and discussed with reference to English Gothic novels, such as Vathek by W. Beckford and Melmoth the Wanderer by C. Maturin.


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