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Author Read, Sophie, 1978-

Title Eucharist and the Poetic Imagination in Early Modern England / Sophie Read
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (245 pages)
Series Ideas in context ; 104
Ideas in context ; 104
Contents Cover; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Note on the Text; Introduction; Eucharist and the poetic imagination; History of a controversy: rhetorical reformations; Eucharistic figuration: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin; Types of ambiguity: The Book of Common Prayer, 1549-1559; Writing after the Reformation: 1559-1674; Eucharist troped; Chapter 1 Southwell and paradox; Paradox, anonymity and the Jesuit aesthetic; Southwell's literary apostolate; Body as text: imitation and martyrdom; Text as body: writing, relic, sacrament; Poetry and the failure of sacramental substitution
Chapter 2 Donne and punningThe sacramental pun; Love and the eucharist; Implicit sacramentalism: rhetoric and divinity; Transubstantiating transubstantiation; Chapter 3 Herbert and metanoia; The metanoietic impulse: correction and deception; The divided voice; The divine voice; Metanoia and the eucharist; Submissive equivocation: Herbert's mysterious eucharist; Chapter 4 Crashaw and metonymy; Criticising Crashaw: a matter of taste; Outrageous appetites: the erotics of the edible Christ; Crashaw's self-consuming art; Metonymy and Christianity; Communion in one kind: eucharistic accommodation
Chapter 5 Vaughan and synecdocheThe synecdoche of the flashing flint; Scriptural poetics and the Book of Nature; Anglican recusancy and the Book of Common Prayer; 'Vitall gold': communions of light; Chapter 6 Milton and metaphor; Metaphor and Christianity; The eucharist in paradise; Transubstantiating transubstantiation II; Covenant and sacrament; Eve's misreadings: of sacramental symbols and the fruit; Epilogue; Select bibliography; Primary; Secondary; Index
Summary A study of six canonical early modern lyric poets and the impact of the Eucharist on their work
Notes Title from publishers bibliographic system (viewed 26 Feb 2013)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Crashaw, Richard, 1613?-1649 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Donne, John, 1572-1631 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Herbert, George, 1593-1633 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Southwell, Robert, Saint, 1561?-1595 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Vaughan, Henry, 1621-1695 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Christian poetry, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Lord's Supper in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1107032733 (hardback)
1139507079 (ebook)
1139626124 (electronic bk.)
9781107032736 (hardback)
9781139507073 (ebook)
9781139626125 (electronic bk.)