Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton: Literature, Religion and Cultural Conflict in Seventeenth-Century England by Achsah GuibboryCeremony and Community from Herbert to Milton: Literature, Religion and Cultural Conflict in Seventeenth-Century England by Achsah Guibbory

Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton: Literature, Religion and Cultural Conflict in…

byAchsah Guibbory

Paperback | November 23, 2006

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This book examines the relationship between literature and religious conflict in seventeenth-century England, showing how literary texts grew out of and addressed the contemporary controversy over ceremonial worship. Examining the meaning and function of religion in seventeenth-century England, Achsah Guibbory shows that the conflicts over religious ceremony that were central to the English Revolution had broad cultural significance. She offers new and original readings of Herbert, Herrick, Browne and Milton in this context.
Title:Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton: Literature, Religion and Cultural Conflict in…Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:November 23, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052103244X

ISBN - 13:9780521032445

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Reading the conflicts: ceremony, ideology and the meaning of religion; 3. George Herbert: devotion in The Temple and the art of contradiction; 4. Robert Herrick: religious experience in the 'Temple' of Hesperides; 5. Sir Thomas Browne: the promiscuous embrace of ritual order; 6. John Milton: carnal idolatry and the reconfiguration of worship, part I, 1634-1660; 7. John Milton: carnal idolatry and the reconfiguration of worship, part II, after the Restoration: the major poems; Notes; Index.

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"This valuable book focuses on the implications for literary culture of one of the most divisive issues in seventeenth-century England, the role of ceremony and ritual in religious worship. Written in a clear, engaging style, Ceremony and Community makes an important contribution to our understanding of literary and religious culture in seventeenth-century England. The book's sympathetic account of the ceremonialist mentality is especially appealling. The book's treatment of puritan ideology, if less satisfying, is at any rate certain to provoke further discussion." Kevin J. Donovan, Ben Jonson Journal