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The early transition from Catholicism to Protestantism was a complicated journey for England, as individuals sorted out their spiritual beliefs, chose their political allegiances, and confronted an array of religious differences that had sprung forth in their society since the reign of Henry VIII. Inner anxieties often translated into outward violence. Amidst this turmoil the poet and Protestant preacher John Donne (1572–1631) emerged as a central figure, one who encouraged peace among Christians. Raised a Catholic but ordained in 1615 as an Anglican clergyman, Donne publicly identified himself with Protestantism, and yet scholars have long questioned his theological orientation. Drawing upon recent scholarship in church history, the authors of this collection reconsider Donne’s relationship to Protestantism and clearly demonstrate the political and theological impact of the Reformation on his life and writings. The collection includes thirteen essays that together place Donne broadly in the context of English and European traditions and explore his divine poetry, his prose work, the Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, and his sermons. It becomes clear that in adopting the values of the Reformation, Donne does not completely reject everything from his Catholic background. Rather, the clash of religion erupts in his work in both moving and disconcerting ways. This collection offers a fresh understanding of Donne’s hard-won irenicism, which he achieved at great personal and professional risk.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. Polemist or Pastor?: Donne and Moderate Calvinist Conformity
  2. pp. 12-34
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  1. 2. “Speaking Openly and Speaking First”: John Donne, the Synod of Dort, and the Early Stuart Church
  2. pp. 35-65
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  1. 3. The Augustinian Donne: How a “Second S. Augustine”?
  2. pp. 66-89
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  1. 4. John Donne and Paolo Sarpi: Rendering the Council of Trent
  2. pp. 90-112
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  1. 5. Donne’s Protestant Paradiso: The Johannine Vision of the Second Anniversary
  2. pp. 113-142
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  1. 6. “Souldiers of one Army”: John Donne and the Army of the States General as an International Protestant Crossroads, 1595–1625
  2. pp. 143-192
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  1. 7. Unmeete Contraryes: The Reformed Subject and the Triangulation of Religious Desire in Donne’s Anniversaries and Holy Sonnets
  2. pp. 193-220
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  1. 8. From “Tav” to the Cross: John Donne’s Protestant Exegesis and Polemics
  2. pp. 221-246
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  1. 9. Pathopoeia and the Protestant Form of Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
  2. pp. 247-272
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  1. 10. Breaking Down the Walls That Divide: Anti-Polemicism in the Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
  2. pp. 273-292
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  1. 11. Reforming Baptism: John Donne and Continental Irenicism
  2. pp. 293-313
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  1. 12. True Purification: Donne’s Art of Rhetoric in Two Candlemas Sermons
  2. pp. 314-334
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  1. 13. “Not upon a Lecture, but upon a Sermon”: Devotional Dynamics of the Donnean Fisher of Men
  2. pp. 335-360
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 361-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-385
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814337592
Print ISBN
9780814330128
MARC Record
OCLC
849944667
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-20
Language
English
Open Access
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