Religion and Culture in Renaissance England

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Claire McEachern, Debora Shuger
Cambridge University Press, Dec 14, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 308 pages
Essays by leading historians and literary scholars investigate the role of religion in shaping political, social, and literary forms from the Reformation to the Civil Wars. Individual essays discuss the relationship between religion and culture, and explore how religion informs some of the central texts of English Renaissance literature, including work by Foxe, Hooker, Shakespeare, Donne, Lanyer, and Milton. The collection demonstrates the massive centrality of religion to early modern constructions of gender, subjectivity, and nationhood.
 

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Contents

the English nation and national
15
reform and reaction
46
printing and popularizing
69
The place of the stigmata in Christological poetics
93
the imagined community
116
Hooker in the context of European cultural history
142
Pain persecution and the construction of selfhood
161
Amelia Lanyer
209
Othello as protestant propaganda
234
Milton against humility
258
Index
287
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