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Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton
Figures of Nonconformity in Early Modern England

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  • Date Published: March 2006
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025447

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  • The figure of the puritan has long been conceived as dour and repressive in character, an image which has been central to ways of reading sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history and literature. Kristen Poole's original study challenges this perception arguing that, contrary to current critical understanding, radical reformers were most often portrayed in literature of the period as deviant, licentious and transgressive. Through extensive analysis of early modern pamphlets, sermons, poetry and plays, the fictional puritan emerges as a grotesque and carnivalesque figure; puritans are extensively depicted as gluttonous, sexually promiscuous, monstrously procreating, and even as worshipping naked. By recovering this lost alternative satirical image, Poole sheds new light on the role played by anti-puritan rhetoric. Her book contends that such representations served an important social role, providing an imaginative framework for discussing familial, communal and political transformations that resulted from the Reformation.

    • Only recent study of literature and religious nonconformity in this period
    • Innovative argument; reconceptualizes image of the puritan
    • Bridges literary studies and religious history
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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025447
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.441kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: deforming Reformation
    1. The Puritan in the alehouse: Falstaff and the drama of Martin Marprelate
    2. Eating disorder: feasting, fasting, and the Puritan bellygod at Bartholemew Fair
    3. Lewd conversations: the perversions of the Family of Love
    4. Dissecting sectarianism: swarms, form, and Thomas Edwards's Gangrœna
    5. The descent of dissent: monstrous genealogies and Milton's antiprelatical tracts
    6. Not so much as fig leaves: Adamites, naked Quakers, linguistic perfections and Paradise Lost
    Epilogue: the fortunes of Hudibras
    Notes
    Selected bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Kristen Poole, University of Delaware

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