Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England (Hardback)
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Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 29/01/2014
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As seventeenth-century England wrestled with the aftereffects of the Reformation, the personal frequently conflicted with the political. In speeches, political pamphlets, and other works of religious controversy, writers from the reign of James I to that of James II unexpectedly erupt into autobiography. John Milton famously interrupts his arguments against episcopacy with autobiographical accounts of his poetic hopes and dreams, while John Donne's attempts to describe his conversion from Catholicism wind up obscuring rather than explaining. Similar moments appear in the works of Thomas Browne, John Bunyan, and the two King Jameses themselves. These autobiographies are familiar enough that their peculiarities have frequently been overlooked in scholarship, but as Brooke Conti notes, they sit uneasily within their surrounding material as well as within the conventions of confessional literature that preceded them.

Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England positions works such as Milton's political tracts, Donne's polemical and devotional prose, Browne's Religio Medici, and Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners as products of the era's tense political climate, illuminating how the pressures of public self-declaration and allegiance led to autobiographical writings that often concealed more than they revealed. For these authors, autobiography was less a genre than a device to negotiate competing political, personal, and psychological demands. The complex works Conti explores provide a privileged window into the pressures placed on early modern religious identity, underscoring that it was no simple matter for these authors to tell the truth of their interior life-even to themselves.

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812245752
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Learned yet also elegantly written. . . . This is a superb work that models how historical contextualization can be combined with acute close reading of notoriously difficult texts."-Modern Philology


"Brooke Conti's claims are fresh, insightful, and important. Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England allows us to see her texts in a new way, and as connected to the larger issue of trying to write about one's private religion in a period when religion was public, and one's relation to the state religion was a matter of importance, fraught with danger."-Achsah Guibbory, Barnard College


"Conti's book reminds us of how complex and layered religious experience was for the early moderns, from ably working around the epistemological obstacles to knowing their faiths, to a much richer assessment of how they explored and constructed them."-Studies in English Literature

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