Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660 by Alison ShellCatholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660 by Alison Shell

Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660

byAlison Shell

Hardcover | August 13, 1999

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The Catholic contribution to English literary culture has been widely neglected or misunderstood. This book sets out to rehabilitate a wide range of Catholic imaginative writing, while exposing the role of anti-Catholicism as an imaginative stimulus to mainstream writers in Tudor and Stuart England. It discusses canonical figures such as Sidney, Spenser, Webster and Middleton alongside many lesser-known writers. Alison Shell explores the Catholic rhetoric of loyalism and apostasy, and the stimulus given to the Catholic literary imagination by the persecution and exile so many of these writers suffered.
Title:Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660Format:HardcoverDimensions:322 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:August 13, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521580900

ISBN - 13:9780521580908


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Note on the text; Introduction; Part I. Catholics and the Canon: 1. The livid flash: decadence, anti-Catholic revenge tragedy and the dehistoricised critic; 2. Catholic poetics and the Protestant canon; Part II. Loyalism and Exclusion: 3. Catholic loyalism: I. Elizabethan writers; 4. Catholic loyalism: II. Stuart writers; 5. The subject of exile: I; 6. The subject of exile: II; Conclusion; Notes; List of works frequently cited; Index.

From Our Editors

People often ignore Catholic faith’s contribution to literature, though they recognize its importance to British society. Catholicism, Controversy And The English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660 fills this gap by exploring the various roles of Catholicism in writing. Alison Shell demonstrates how persecution and exile as well as faith and loyalty affected writers such as Sidney, Spenser, Webster and Middleton.

Editorial Reviews

"Shell is at her best, and her book of great value, in excavating to our view a whole array of writers and texts that should be better known: to read her is to discover, again, how much one hasn't accounted for."
Tom Bishop, Cast Western Reserve University, Religion & Literature