Abstract

Through an examination of John Foxe's vast 16th-century Protestant martyrology Actes and Monuments,as well as works by other figures from the English Reformation such as John Bale and Anthony Munday, I argue that suffering offers a site for the construction of an individuated subject based on a masculinized erotic of submission. Furthermore, I contend that this eroticization of suffering produces a community of martyrs bound together by their ecstatic submission to power, which locates eroticized suffering as a key constitutive element both of evangelical Protestantism and of Elizabethan nationalist ideology.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 35-66
Launched on MUSE
2003-04-10
Open Access
No
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