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Religion and Culture in Renaissance England

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Claire McEachern, Patrick Collinson, David Scott Kastan, Jesse Lander, Lowell Gallagher, Debora Shuger, William J. Bouwsma, Janel M. Mueller, Richard C. McCoy, Michael Schoenfeldt, Robert N. Watson, Richard Strier
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034883

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  • Essays by leading historians and literary scholars investigate the role of religion in shaping political, social, and literary forms from the Reformation to the Civil Wars. Individual essays discuss the relationship between religion and culture, and explore how religion informs some of the central texts of English Renaissance literature, including work by Foxe, Hooker, Shakespeare, Donne, Lanyer, and Milton. The collection demonstrates the massive centrality of religion to early modern constructions of gender, subjectivity, and nationhood.

    • Provides insights into central texts of English Renaissance literature
    • Uses historicist and cultural theories for alternative perspectives on Renaissance religion, literature, culture and politics
    • Very distinguished list of literary scholars and historians
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    "This is a worthy volume, learned and well-written....Religion and Culture in Renaissance England is a valuable addition to the working scholar's library, and a healthy sign as well of the drift away from old-fashioned New Historicism." Stanley Stewart, Ben Jonson Journal

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034883
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.469kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Acknowledgments
    1. Introduction Claire McEachern
    Part I. Form and Community:
    2. Biblical rhetoric: the English nation and national sentiment in the prophetic mode Patrick Collinson
    3. 'The noyse of the new Bible': reform and reaction in Henrician England David Scott Kastan
    4. 'Foxe's' Books of Martyrs: printing and popularising the Acts and Monuments Jesse Lander
    5. The place of the stigmata in Christological poetics Lowell Gallagher
    6. 'Society supernatural': the imagined community of Hooker's Laws Debora Shuger
    7. Hooker in the context of European cultural history William J. Bouwsma
    Part II. Literature and Dogma:
    8. Pain, persecution, and the construction of selfhood in Foxe's Acts and Monuments Janel M. Mueller
    9. Love's martyrs: Shakespeare's 'Phoenix and Turtle' and the sacrificial sonnets Richard C. McCoy
    10. The gender of religious devotion: Amelia Lanyer and John Donne Michael Schoenfeldt
    11. Othello as protestant propaganda Robert N. Watson
    12. Milton against humility Richard Strier
    Index.

  • Editors

    Claire McEachern, University of California, Los Angeles

    Debora Shuger, University of California, Los Angeles

    Contributors

    Claire McEachern, Patrick Collinson, David Scott Kastan, Jesse Lander, Lowell Gallagher, Debora Shuger, William J. Bouwsma, Janel M. Mueller, Richard C. McCoy, Michael Schoenfeldt, Robert N. Watson, Richard Strier

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