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The Literary Culture of the Reformation

Brian Cummings

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780198187356
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191674709 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187356.001.0001
The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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This book examines the place of literature in the Reformation, considering both how arguments about biblical meaning and literary interpretation influenced the new theology, and how developments in theology in turn influenced literary practices. Part One focuses on Northern Europe, reconsidering the relationship between Renaissance humanism (especially Erasmus) and religious ideas (especially Luther). Parts Two and Three examine Tudor and early Stuart England. Part Two describes the rise of vernacular theology and Protestant culture in relation to fundamental changes in the understanding of the English language. Part Three studies English religious poetry (including Donne, Herbert, and, in an Epilogue, Milton) in the wake of these changes. Bringing together genres and styles of writing that are normally kept apart (poems, sermons, treatises, commentaries), the author offers a re-evaluation of the literary production of this intensely verbal and controversial period.

Keywords: Reformation literature; biblical meaning; literary interpretation; Northern Europe; Renaissance humanism; Erasmus; Luther; Tudor England; Stuart England; Protestant culture

Book.  488 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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Prologue in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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The Reformation and Literary Culture in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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The Reformation of the Reader in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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New Grammar and New Theology in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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Erasmus <i>Contra</i> Luther in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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Vernacular Theology in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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Protestant Culture in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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Calvinist and Anti-Calvinist in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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Recusant Poetry in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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God's Grammar in The Literary Culture of the Reformation

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