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After the Reformation, England's Catholics were marginalised and excluded from using printed media for propagandist ends. Instead, they turned to oral media, such as ballads and stories, to plead their case and maintain contact with their community. Building on the growing interest in Catholic literature which has developed in early modern studies, Alison Shell examines the relationship between Catholicism and oral culture from the mid-sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. In order to recover the textual traces of this minority culture, she expands canonical boundaries, looking at anecdotes, spells and popular verse alongside more conventionally literary material. In her archival research she uncovers many important manuscript sources. This book is an important contribution to the rediscovery of the writings and culture of the Catholic community and will be of great interest to scholars of early modern literature, history and theology.Read more
- An important contribution to the growing field of Catholic literature and culture studies
- Contains much original scholarship on important yet little-known texts
- Of great interest to literary, historical and theological scholars
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- Date Published: February 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521883955
- length: 258 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 157 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.552kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction: Catholicism and oral culture in early modern England
1. Abbey ruins, sacrilege narratives and the Gothic imagination
2. Anti-Popery and the supernatural
3. Answering back: orality and controversy
4. Martyrs and confessors in oral culture
Conclusion: orality, tradition and truth.
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