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Prayer, despair, and drama : Elizabethan introspection

Author: Peter Iver Kaufman
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1996.
Series: Studies in Anglican history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Iver Kaufman
ISBN: 025202222X 9780252022227
OCLC Number: 32924866
Description: xii, 166 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: "Much in prayer" --
Wretched --
Hamlet's "kind of fighting" --
Donne, a conclusion.
Series Title: Studies in Anglican history.
Responsibility: Peter Iver Kaufman.

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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.

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