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Religion and Culture in Renaissance England


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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  • These essays by leading historians and literary scholars investigate the role of religion in shaping political, social and literary forms, and their reciprocal role in shaping early modern religion, from the Reformation to the Civil Wars. Reflecting and rethinking the insights of new historicism and cultural studies, individual essays take up various aspects of the productive, if tense, relation between Tudor-Stuart Christianity and culture, and explore how religion informs some of the central texts of English Renaissance literature: the vernacular Bible, Foxe's Acts and Monuments, Hooker's Laws, Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, the poems of John Donne, Amelia Lanyer and John Milton. The collection demonstrates the centrality of religion to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, and its influence on 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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    • 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
    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

  • Editors

    Claire McEachern, University of California, Los Angeles

    Debora Shuger, University of California, Los Angeles


    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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