Religion, Literature, and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688by Donna B. Hamilton
Pub. Date: 08/28/2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This collection of essays by historians and literary scholars treats English history and culture from the Reformation to the Glorious Revolution as a single coherent period in which religion was a dominant element in political and cultural life. It explores the close linkage between religion and politics in the period through the examination of a wide variety of literary and nonliterary texts. Normal period and disciplinary distinctions are broken down, as post-Reformation culture is shown struggling with major issues of belief and authority.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction Donna B. Hamilton and Richard Strier; 1. Sir John Oldcastle as symbol of Reformation historiography Annabel Patterson; 2. The 'sacred hunger of ambitious minds': Spenser's savage religion Andrew Hadfield; 3. Subversive fathers and suffering subjects: Shakespeare and Christianity Debora K. Shuger; 4. Kneeling and the body politic Lori Anne Ferrell; 5. Donne and the politics of devotion Richard Strier; 6. Catholic, Anglican or Puritan? Edward Sackville, Fourth Earl of Dorset, and the ambiguities of religion in early Stuart England David L. Smith; 7. Crucifixion or apocalypse: refiguring the Eikon Basilike Laura Blair McKnight; 8. Marvell, sacrilege, and Protestant historiography: contextualising 'Upon Appleton House' Gary D. Hamilton; 9. Entering The Temple: women, reading and devotion in seventeenth-century England Helen Wilcox; 10. Contextualising Dryden's Absolom: William Lawrence, the laws of marriage and the case for King Monmouth Mark Goldie; 11. Reformation in the Restoration crisis, 1679–1682 Gary S. De Krey; 12. Shadwell's dramatic trimming, Steven Pincus.
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