The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace

Paperback | August 19, 2007

byBrian Cummings

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Brian Cummings examines the place of literature in the Reformation, considering both how arguments about biblical meaning and literary interpretation influenced the new theology, and how developments in theology in turn influenced literary practices. Part One focuses on Northern Europe,reconsidering the relationship between Renaissance humanism (especially Erasmus) and religious ideas (especially Luther). Parts Two and Three examine Tudor and early Stuart England. Part Two describes the rise of vernacular theology and protestant culture in relation to fundamental changes in theunderstanding of the English language. Part Three studies English religious poetry (including Donne, Herbert, and in an Epilogue, Milton) in the wake of these changes. Bringing together genres and styles of writing which are normally kept apart (poems, sermons, treatises, commentaries), Cummingsoffers a major re-evaluation of the literary production of this intensely verbal and controversial period.

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Brian Cummings examines the place of literature in the Reformation, considering both how arguments about biblical meaning and literary interpretation influenced the new theology, and how developments in theology in turn influenced literary practices. Part One focuses on Northern Europe,reconsidering the relationship between Renaissance...

Brian Cummings is a Professor of English at the University of Sussex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:August 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note to the ReaderAbbreviationsPrologue: The Reformation and Literary CultureI. Humanism and Theology in Northern Europe 1512-1527The Reformation of the ReaderNew Grammar and New TheologyErasmus contra LutherII. The English Language and the English Reformations 1521-1603Vernacular TheologyProtestant CultureIII. Literature and the English Reformations 1580-1640Calvinist and Anti-CalvinistRecusant PoetryGod's GrammarEpilogue: Revolutionary EnglishPrimary SourcesSecondary SourcesIndex

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`Cummings's argument is strikingly innovative because of his concentration on the grammatical nitty-gritty of differing theological concepts.'Church Times