Habits of Thought in the English Renaissance: Religion, Politics, and the Dominant Culture

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages

When attempting to globally divide ideas into orthodox and subversive categories, it is not always clear what precisely is subversive to the dominant ideology and vice versa. Going against recent trends in English Renaissance studies, Deborah Shuger examines orthodox, rather than subversive, methods of thought in the English Renaissance. Instead of finding a monolithic, unified body of thought, she reveals a remarkably non-uniform 'orthodox' ideology containing a wide range of views. Shuger's approach also re-examines and re-legitimizes the investigation of the connections between religion and literature. First published in 1990, Habits of Thought in the English Renaissance presaged an expanding and progressively more popular mode of inquiry in English Renaissance scholarship.

 

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Contents

Richard Hooker Lancelot Andrewes and the Boundaries
17
Spiritual Psychology and
69
The Structure of The Temple
91
Holy Church and Sacred King
138
The Sermons of John Donne
159
Patriarchy as a Cultural Ideal
218
Conclusion
251
Bibliography
265
Index
279
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About the author (1997)

Debora Kuller Shuger teaches in the Faculty of English at UCLA, and is also a member of UCLAs Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies.