John Donne and Conformity in Crisis in the Late Jacobean Pulpit

John Donne and Conformity in Crisis in the Late Jacobean Pulpit

by Jeanne Shami
     
 

ISBN-10: 0859917894

ISBN-13: 9780859917896

Pub. Date: 11/03/2003

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

This book considers the professional contribution of John Donne to an emerging homiletic public sphere in the last years of the Jacobean English Church (1621-25), arguing that his sermons embody the conflicts, tensions, and pressures on public religious discourse in this period; while they are in no way "typical" of any particular preaching agenda or style, they…  See more details below

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This book considers the professional contribution of John Donne to an emerging homiletic public sphere in the last years of the Jacobean English Church (1621-25), arguing that his sermons embody the conflicts, tensions, and pressures on public religious discourse in this period; while they are in no way "typical" of any particular preaching agenda or style, they articulate these crises in their most complex forms and expose fault lines in the late Jacobean Church. The study is framed by Donne's two most pointed contributions to the public sphere: his sermon defending James I's Directions to Preachers and his first sermon preached before Charles I in 1625. These two sermons emerge from the crises of controversy, censorship, and identity that converged in the late Jacobean period, and mark Donne's clearest professional interventions in the public debate about the nature and direction of the Church of England. In them, Donne interrogates the boundaries of the public sphere and of his conformity to the institutions, authorities, and traditions governing public debate in that sphere, modelling for his audience an actively engaged conformist identity. Professor JEANNE SHAMI teaches in the Department of English at the University of Regina.

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ISBN-13:
9780859917896
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
11/03/2003
Series:
Studies in Renaissance Literature, #13
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1"Discreet or religious preachers": John Donne and the late Jacobean Public Sphere1
2"The indiscretion of that foole": John Knight and the Jacobean Pulpit, 1620-236
3"The fishing of whales": John Donne's Sermons, 1620-275
4"Faire interpretation": The Directions and the Crisis of Censorship102
5"Wise as Serpents, and innocent as Doves": Zeal and Discretion in the Pulpit, 1623-5139
6"Jesus Wept": The Journey to Spain and Pulpit Lamentation166
7"Blinde buzzards in the choise of a wife": Sermons and the Moral Marketplace183
8"The Lovesick Spouse": Parliament, Patriots, and the Public Sphere212
9"Church-quakes": Post-Parliamentary Faultlines234
10"If the Foundations be Destroyed": Rules of Engagement256
11"Blessed sobriety": John Donne, the Public Sphere, and Caroline Conformity272
Works Cited284
General Index297
Index to John Donne References313
Index to John Donne's Sermons317

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