Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660




Author: Alison Shell
Type: eBook
Date Released: 1999
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 322
Isbn10 Code: 0521580900
Isbn13 Code: 9780511007248


Review "Alison Shell's new study on Catholicism and the English literary imagination adds another important dimension to this growing body of research...this important book provides an additional accounting of the English literary imagination. In an age of the exploding canon and sensitivity to long-silenced voices, this step seems long overdue. These recusant writers, in spite of continued persecutions and hardships, produced literary works well sorth reading and studying. Alison Shell makes a compelling case why this is so." South Atlantic Review "Catholicism, Controversy, and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660 is an complex study of Catholic poets and dramatists in what is perhaps the most complex period of English literary and religious history. Shell's approach to the religious and literary changes of this period is refreshingly candid. Most of the traditional literary historians simply group everything under the heading Christian, and as the author has shown, the differences are both confessional and aesthetic. All in all, Shell writes a very learned and interesting book." Church History "This is a book of genuine and impressive learning." Albion "...Catholic literary expressions-poetry, elegies, drama illustrates the Catholic imagination facing the demise of the "true" church, and their relationship to monarchy and nation." Religious Studies Review "immensely rich and helpful." Jrnl of English & Germanic Philology "Shell's methodology demonstrates both breadth and depth of scholarship...By examining many poems and plays both familiar and obscure, Shell weaves a mosaic that form a rather comprehensive picture of both Catholic and anti-Catholic literature of the period." Christianity & Literature "This is an important and significant book for all who are interested in the literature and history of Tudor-Stuart England. It raises many important questions about the canon of English literature and about prejudice 400 years ago and prejudice in the twenty-first century." The Journal of Religion "Shell is at her best, and her book of great value, in excavating to our view a whole array of writers and texts that should be better known: to read her is to discover, again, how much one hasn't accounted for." Tom Bishop, Cast Western Reserve University, Religion & Literature Book Description The Catholic contribution to English literary culture has been widely neglected or misunderstood. This book sets out to rehabilitate a wide range of Catholic imaginative writing, while exposing the role of anti-Catholicism as an imaginative stimulus to mainstream writers in Tudor and Stuart England. It discusses canonical figures such as Sidney, Spenser, Webster and Middleton alongside many lesser-known writers. Alison Shell explores the Catholic rhetoric of loyalism and apostasy, and the stimulus given to the Catholic literary imagination by the persecution and exile so many of these writers suffered.

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