The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace

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To examine the Reformation in writing and the writing of the Reformation is to uncover an unfamiliar archaeology of religion: an underground network of text and commentary, of translation and controversy. In this study, Brian Cummings not only provides a new visibility to the complex cultural processes of writing in England and the Continent, he also underlines the significance of the neglected hinterland of grammar during this turbulent period.
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"Brian Cummings' book exhibits the admirable ambition--amply justified by the results, to inquire anew into how humanism with its concern in the arts and sciences of language, was implicated in the theological controversies of the Reformation period. To this task he brings a high degree of expertise in a number of fields: literary criticism, cultural history, theological controversy, the history of grammar, linguistics, and post-structuralist textual theory. Cummings makes them cohere and , even better, illuminate one another with remarkable ease." --Religion & Literature

"A groundbreaking and immensely important book. Cummings links an impressive knowledge of sixteenth-century theology and humanist culture to a penetrating analysis of linguistic issues and problems to produce literary criticism of the highest order."--Times Literary Supplement

"Cummings's detailed attention to humanist biblical scholarship, and his wide-ranging account of the myriad ways this scholarship affects the production of religious discourse and devotional literature, make this big book one of the truly important publications of the year."--Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

"Cummings' book is a major contribution to the history of humanism and of The Reformation, the history of the signifier and of argument, language and literary culture and religion and society, and the study of Calvin, Donne, and many more giants of The Renaissance. Highly recommended. It shines with wisdom no computer can provide."--Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198187356
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/13/2003
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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University of Sussex
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Table of Contents

Note to the Reader
Prologue The Reformation and Literary Culture
I. Humanism and Theology in Northern Europe 1512-1527
The Reformation of the Reader
New Grammar and New Theology
Erasmus contra Luther
II. The English Language and the English Reformations 1521-1603
Vernacular Theology
Protestant Culture
III. Literature and the English Reformations 1580-1640
Calvinist and Anti-Calvinist
Recusant Poetry
God's Grammar
Epilogue Revolutionary English
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources

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