Introduction: Pretty Paganisms and Satanic Schools

  • Suzanne L. BarnettEmail author
Part of the The New Antiquity book series (NANT)


Barnett introduces many of the texts and authors on which the rest of the book will focus—including Percy and Mary Shelley, Thomas Love Peacock, Leigh Hunt, John Keats—and outlines several of their attacks (in both poetry and prose) against the suppression of joyous paganism by Christian oppression. Barnett also defines many of the project’s key terms including, of course, “pagan,” which in the context of this project signals a way of thinking about sexuality and other sensual pleasures, music, excess, joyous celebration, and communal experiences as both conscious subversion and literary experimentation.


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  1. 1.Francis Marion UniversityFlorenceUSA

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