Prayer, Despair, and Drama

Prayer, Despair, and Drama : Elizabethan Introspection

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Prayer, Despair, and Drama explores the godly sorrow of Elizabethan Calvinists and finds that what some have characterized as an evangelism of fear functioned more as a kind of religious therapy.In this major contribution to discussions of the relationship between religion and literature in Elizabethan England, Peter Iver Kaufman argues that the soul-searching and self-scourging typical of late Tudor Calvinism was reflected in the rhetoric of self-loathing then prevalent in sermons, sonnets, and soliloquys. Kaufman shows how this spiritual psychology informs major literary texts including Hamlet, The Faerie Queene, Donne's Holy Sonnets, and other works.show more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 160 x 236.5 x 19.8mm | 457.84g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 025202222X
  • 9780252022227

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Prayer, Despair, and Drama explores the godly sorrow of Elizabethan Calvinists and finds that what some have characterized as an evangelism of fear functioned more as a kind of religious therapy. In this major contribution to discussions of the relationship between religion and literature in Elizabethan England, Peter Iver Kaufman argues that the soul-searching and self-scourging typical of late Tudor Calvinism was reflected in the rhetoric of self-loathing then prevalent in sermons, sonnets, and soliloquys. Kaufman shows how this spiritual psychology informs major literary texts including Hamlet, The Faerie Queene, Donne's Holy Sonnets, and other works.show more

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"Scholars of the English Renaissance will profit from this book by a historian of religion... But for the literary scholar the value of the book lies in the insights Kaufman provides into the religious culture of the late sixteenth century... By offering a glimpse of what Kaufman convincingly argues is a sizable swath of cultural consciousness, this study ought to help us rethink the interpretation of religion and literary discourse in early modern Europe." -- Richard Mallette, Journal of English and Germanic Philologyshow more

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