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Figuring Belief: George Herbert's Devotional Creatures

Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton

in Go Figure

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233496
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241224 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233496.003.0007
Figuring Belief: George Herbert's Devotional Creatures

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In our present moment, the sovereign suspension of law that would reduce subjects to the level of creaturely being takes as its authorizing objective the provision of the security necessary for the operation of a neoliberal regime of capital accumulation. By comparison, motivating Herbert's poetry is an intensely felt obligation to what we might call a theological regime of accumulation of praise. But in order to better understand how Herbert seeks to fulfill this obligation and the role creatureliness plays in this effort, it is necessary to note limits to the critique of political theology's understanding of creatureliness. For perhaps obvious reasons, the account of creaturely life associated with the critique of sovereignty tends to view creatureliness as predominantly a state of complete abjection.

Keywords: sovereignty; George Herbert; poetry; creatureliness; abjection

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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