Yorick's Congregation: The Church of England in the Time of Laurence Sterne (Google eBook)

Front Cover
University of Delaware Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages
0 Reviews
This volume examines the religious culture in which Sterne wrote his novels and sermons. Using passages from Sterne's work as starting points, the book demonstrates that the experience of life in country parishes forms an important context for the novels. The book draws on modern church history and eighteenth-century sources to show that the eighteenth-century Church of England constituted a strong social influence and was far from being the moribund and somnolent entity many literary studies have assumed. Beginning by addressing Sterne's ecclesiastical family background, it presents a general discussion of parish organizations and liturgical practices, preaching, religious controversy, women's roles in the Church, charitable activities, and anti-Catholicism. It also makes specific reference to Sterne's work, including an examination of the reception of Sterne's first volumes of sermons. The book concludes with a discussion of Tristram Shandy illuminated by this historical and cultural material.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Archbishops and Mountebanks Going into the Family Business
The Church of England and Its Parishioners
The Company of Preachers William Roses The Practical Preacher 1762
Mrs Yorick and the Midwife Roles for Women in the EighteenthCentury Church of England
Guys and Monks AntiCatholicism in the Church of England
The Shandean Liturgy

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 31 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind, and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Page 279 - The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments ' and other rites and ceremonies of the Church according to the use of the Church of England, together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches ; and the form or manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of bishops, priests, and deacons.
Page 13 - AB, do declare my unfeigned assent and consent to all and everything contained and prescribed in and by the Book entitled the Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the use of the Church of England; together with the Psalter, or Psalms of David, printed as they are to be sung or said in Churches ; and the form or manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.

About the author (2007)

Martha F. Bowden is an Associate Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.

Bibliographic information