The Rhetoric of sacramental Devotion in Early Modern England
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: Duquesne University Press
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It seems appropriate that a book concerned with the art of thanksgiving should require so many gestures of thanks to the various individuals and institutions that have made it possible. To begin with, I would like to acknowledge that this project was made possible by doctoral and postdoctoral funding from the Social Sciences and...
Introduction: Devotion and Desacralization: Writing the Sacramental Subject in Early Modern England
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In his 1609 treatise, Introduction to the Devout Life, François de Sales employs the following parable to illustrate the kind of work that religious devotion is designed to accomplish: "Watch a bee hovering over the mountain thyme; the juices it gathers are bitter, but the bee turns them all to honey -- and so tells the worlding that...
ONE. Southwell's Plaint: Subjection and the Representation of the Recusant Soul
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Following the wave of antirecusant proclamations that Queen Elizabeth issued in 1571, 1581 and 1585 in order to consolidate the 1559 "Act of Uniformity," which required church attendance, and the 1563 "Act for the Assurance of the Queen's Majesty's Royal Power" that made refusing the Oath of Supremacy a treasonable...
TWO. The Gendering of God and the Advent of the Subject in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw
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While Robert Southwell turned to visions of devotionally ideal women in order to affect a change in the poetic and religious life of Elizabethan England, Richard Crashaw embraced a female-centered sacramental vision that not only venerated devotionally strong women but also adapted medieval traditions of feminizing...
THREE. Representation and Embodiment in John Donne's Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
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As I observed in the introduction, Donne's First Anniversary laments the loss of the idea of woman--a loss, that is, in the sacramental relation between an ideal form and its embodiment in a human person. For Donne, as for other early modern thinkers, the sublation of particular to universal, of human to ideal, constituted a significant...
FOUR. "Organs of thy Praise": Body, Word and Self in Thomas Traherne
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At the most dramatic moments in the Devotions, Donne emphasizes the extent to which God is a force that subjects not through exterior but interior force. For Donne, God's sacramental presence becomes discernible as a terrifying and yet redeeming power immanent within the most inward parts of the embodied person. Despite...
Conclusion: Sacramental Rhetoric in the Time of the "Wan Ghost": Excess, Subjection and Spectrality
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In his last will or Ultimum Testamentum, the Laudian bishop John Cosin proudly declares that "I am most addicted to the symbols, synods and confessions of the Church of England, or rather the Catholic Church."1 This unqualified assertion of a compulsive attachment to the Laudian church bespeaks the self-consciously...
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Page Count: 309
Illustrations: 2 paintings, 1 facsimile page
Publication Year: 2005
Series Title: Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies
Series Editor Byline: Albert C. Labriola