The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace

The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace

by Brian Cummings
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198187351

ISBN-13: 9780198187356

Pub. Date: 02/13/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Brian Cummings examines the place of literature in the Reformation, considering both how arguments about biblical meaning and literary interpretation influenced the new theology, and how developments in theology in turn influenced literary practices. Part One focuses on Northern Europe, reconsidering the relationship between Renaissance humanism (especially Erasmus

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Brian Cummings examines the place of literature in the Reformation, considering both how arguments about biblical meaning and literary interpretation influenced the new theology, and how developments in theology in turn influenced literary practices. Part One focuses on Northern Europe, reconsidering the relationship between Renaissance humanism (especially Erasmus) and religious ideas (especially Luther). Parts Two and Three examine Tudor and early Stuart England. Part Two describes the rise of vernacular theology and protestant culture in relation to fundamental changes in the understanding of the English language. Part Three studies English religious poetry (including Donne, Herbert, and in an Epilogue, Milton) in the wake of these changes. Bringing together genres and styles of writing which are normally kept apart (poems, sermons, treatises, commentaries), Cummings offers a major re-evaluation of the literary production of this intensely verbal and controversial period.

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ISBN-13:
9780198187356
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/13/2003
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Note for the Reader
List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
1The Reformation and Literary Culture15
IGrammatical Culture: Medieval to Renaissance20
IIWords and Things: Montaigne of Language26
IIIThe Textuality of the Ninety-Five Theses30
IVLetter and Spirit: Luther's 1520 Pamphlets and More's Responsio38
VThe Gift of Language47
Pt. 1Humanism and Theology in Northern Europe 1512-1527
2The Reformation of the Reader57
INarratives of Conversion60
IILuther the Reader68
IIIFrom Luther to Augustine79
IVGrammatica Theologica: Lectures on Psalms and Romans88
VJustifying God96
3New Grammar and New Theology102
IErasmus's Novum Instrumentum and the New Grammar104
IIErasmus and the Schools111
IIIScholastic Luther or Humanist Luther?118
IVHumanism and the Modi Significandi127
VSpeech Acts: Solecisms and Felicities135
4Erasmus Contra Luther144
IThe Politics of Interpretation145
IIThe Proof-Text: Erasmus and Luther on Ecclesiasticus 15156
IIIImperative versus Indicative159
IVThe Theologian and the Grammarian167
VThe Potter and the Clay175
Pt. 2The English Language and the English Reformations 1521-1603
5Vernacular Theology187
IDifferent Tongues: More versus Tyndale190
IIThe Fall of Language196
IIIEnglishing Grammar206
IVTheology Wars: The Reign of Henry VIII213
VWyatt's Writing Lesson: The Penitentiall Psalms223
6Protestant Culture232
ICultural Reformation: Bucer in England233
IICalvin's Commentaries246
IIIThe Logic of Calvinism252
IVOriginal Defection: Sidney's Defence Poesie264
VLiterature Anti-Literature270
Pt. 3Literature and the English Reformations 1580-1640
7Calvinist and Anti-Calvinist281
IEnglish Calvinist Culture283
IIPredestination and Certainty: The Lambeth Articles287
IIIFulke Greville's Beliefs: The Confidence of the Flesh297
IVPurloined Letters: Andrewes, Hooker, Herbert, and Anti-Calvinism308
VHerbert's The Temple: Grace and the Gift319
8Recusant Poetry328
IRobert Southwell's Tears330
IIRepentance and Justification at the Council of Trent339
IIIConfessional Poetry346
IVConditions of Grace: Saint Peters Complaint355
9God's Grammar365
IDonne's Conversions366
IICampion's Brag and Campion's Bloody Reasons378
IIIThe Noise of the Holy Sonnets385
IVDonne's Dangerous Question396
VShall Be, That Is, May Be406
10Revolutionary English421
IThe Necessary Fall422
IIMilton's English424
IIILanguage and Error427
Bibliography432
Primary Sources432
Secondary Sources444
Index461

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