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English Renaissance literature and contemporary theory : sublime objects of theology

Author: Paul Cefalu
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Cefalu offers the first sustained assessment of the ways in which recent contemporary philosophy and cultural theory can illuminate Early Modern literature and culture. The book argues that when selected Early Modern devotional poets set out to represent subject-God relations, they often encounter some sublime aspect of God that, in Slovenian-Lacanian terms, seems "Other" to himself. This divine Other, while
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Named Person: John Donne; Richard Crashaw; John Milton; Thomas Traherne; John Donne; Richard Crashaw; John Milton; Thomas Traherne; John Milton; John Donne; Richard Crashaw; Thomas Traherne
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Cefalu
ISBN: 9781403976697 1403976694
OCLC Number: 81252833
Description: [ix], 217 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The Idolatrous State of Exception in John Donne's Poetry and Prose --
God's Extimacy: Divine Excess and Baroque Monads in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw --
Tarrying with Chaos: Radical Evil and John Milton's Paradise Lost --
God beyond Essence: The Event of Love in the Poetry and Prose of Thomas --
Traherne.
Responsibility: Paul Cefalu.
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"Cefalu offers the first sustained assessment of the ways in which recent contemporary philosophy and cultural theory can illuminate Early Modern literature and culture. The book argues that when selected Early Modern devotional poets set out to represent subject-God relations, they often encounter some sublime aspect of God that, in Slovenian-Lacanian terms, seems "Other" to himself. This divine Other, while sometimes presented directly as a void or empty place, is more often filled in and presented instead as some form of divine excess.

While Donne, and to a lesser extent Traherne, disavow those numinous aspects of God that might subsist beneath such excesses, Crashaw, and especially Milton, attempt to represent the intimate relationship between any creature's and God's intrinsic alterity. Cefalu introduces new ways of theorizing not only seventeenth-century religious ideologies, but also the nature of Early Modern subjectivity."--Jacket.

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