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Theology and Agency in Early Modern Literature

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  • Date Published: May 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108418843

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  • What can I do? To what degree do we control our own desires, actions, and fate - or not? These questions haunt us, and have done so, in various forms, for thousands of years. Timothy Rosendale explores the problem of human will and action relative to the Divine - which Luther himself identified as the central issue of the Reformation - and its manifestations in English literary texts from 1580–1670. After an introduction which outlines the broader issues from Sophocles and the Stoics to twentieth-century philosophy, the opening chapter traces the theological history of the agency problem from the New Testament to the seventeenth century. The following chapters address particular aspects of volition and salvation (will, action, struggle, and blame) in the writings of Marlowe, Kyd, Shakespeare, Ford, Herbert, Donne, and Milton, who tackle these problems with an urgency and depth that resonate with parallel concerns today.

    • Provides a broad and accessible exploration of how the ideas of salvation in early modern England were expressed in the works of some of the period's great writers, including Marlowe, Donne and Shakespeare
    • The first full length study of the implications of the agency of salvation on our understanding of early modern literature
    • Accessible to a wide readership, from the scholar to the interested general reader
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    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108418843
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. A history of Christian agency
    2. Will: Marlowe
    3. Action: revenge tragedy
    4. Struggle: Donne
    5. Blame: Milton
    Afterword
    Index.

  • Author

    Timothy Rosendale, Southern Methodist University, Texas
    Timothy Rosendale is Associate Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, Texas. He is the author of Liturgy and Literature in the Making of Protestant England (Cambridge, 2007) and numerous articles and essays.

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