The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion by Andrew HiscockThe Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion by Andrew Hiscock

The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion

EditorAndrew Hiscock, Helen Wilcox

Hardcover | July 29, 2017

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This pioneering Handbook offers a comprehensive consideration of the dynamic relationship between English literature and religion in the early modern period. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were the most turbulent times in the history of the British church - and, perhaps as a result,produced some of the greatest devotional poetry, sermons, polemics, and epics of literature in English. The early-modern interaction of rhetoric and faith is addressed in thirty-nine chapters of original research, divided into five sections. The first analyses the changes within the church from the Reformation to the establishment of the Church of England, the phenomenon of puritanism and the rise of non-conformity. The second section discusses ten genres in which faith was explored, including poetry, prophecy, drama, sermons, satire,and autobiographical writings. The middle section focuses on selected individual authors, among them Thomas More, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, Lucy Hutchinson, and John Milton. Since authors never write in isolation, the fourth section examines a range of communities in which writers interpretedtheir faith: lay and religious households, sectarian groups including the Quakers, clusters of religious exiles, Jewish and Islamic communities, and those who settled in the new world. Finally, the fifth section considers some key topics and debates in early modern religious literature, ranging fromideas of authority and the relationship of body and soul, to death, judgment, and eternity. The Handbook is framed by a succinct introduction, a chronology of religious and literary landmarks, a guide for new researchers in this field, and a full bibliography of primary and secondary texts relating to early modern English literature and religion.
Andrew Hiscock is Professor of English Literature at Bangor University. He has published widely on English and French early modern literature. He is a Trustee of the Modern Humanities Research Association and a Fellow of the English Association. He is English literature editor of the journal MLR, series editor of The Yearbook of Englis...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and ReligionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:720 pagesPublished:July 29, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part One. The Religious History of Early Modern Britain: Forms, Practices, Beliefs1. Stephen Kelly: The Pre-Reformation Landscape2. David Bagchi: The Henrician Reform3. John N. King: Religious Change in the Mid-Tudor Period4. Torrance Kirby: The Elizabethan Church of England and the origins of Anglicanism5. Charles W. A. Prior: Early Stuart Controversy: Church, State and the Sacred6. Jacqueline Eales: Religion in times of War and Republic, 1642-16607. Grant Tapsell: Religion and the Government of the Later StuartsPart Two. Literary Genres for the Expression of Faith8. Rachel Willie: Translation9. Erica Longfellow: Prayer and Prophecy10. Elizabeth Clarke and Simon Jackson: Lyric Poetry11. Adrian Streete: Drama12. Jeanne Shami: Sermons13. Kate Hodgkin: Autobiographical Writings14. Anne Lake Prescott: Satire and Polemic15. Jan Bloemendal: Neo-Latin Writings and ReligionPart Three. Religion and the Early Modern Writer16. Andrew Hiscock: 'What England has to offer': Erasmus, Colet, More and their Circle17. Mike Pincombe and Gavin Schwarz-Leeper: John Foxe's Book of Martyrs: Tragedies of Tyrants18. Elizabeth Heale: Edmund Spenser19. Lisa Hopkins: Christopher Marlowe and Religion20. Nandra Perry and Robert E. Stillman: Philip Sidney and Mary Sidney Herbert: Piety and Poetry21. Hugh Adlington: John Donne22. Robert Wilche: Lucy Hutchinson23. Catherine Gimelli Martin: John MiltonPart Four. Interpretative Communities24. Suzanne Trill: Lay Households25. Nicky Hallett: Female Religious Houses26. Johanna Harris: Sectarian Groups27. Catie Gill: Quakers28. Alison Searle: Exiles at Home29. Jaime Goodrich: Exiles Abroad30. Jeffrey Shoulson: The Jewish Diaspora31. Bernadette Andrea: Islamic Communities32. Christopher Hodgkins: Settlers in New WorldsPart Five. Early Modern Religious Life: Debates and Issues33. Hannibal Hamlin: The Bible34. Timothy Rosendale: Authority, Religion and the State35. Bronwen Price: 'Finding the genuine light of nature': Religion and Science36. Margaret J. M. Ezell: Body and Soul37. Helen Wilcox: Sacred and Secular Love: 'I will lament, and love'38. Peter Carlson: The Art and Craft of Dying39. P.G. Stanwood: Sin, Judgment and EternityAppendixJesse David Sharpe: Resources: A Beginner's GuideList of Abbreviations