Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton: Literature, Religion and Cultural Conflict in Seventeenth-Century England

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 23, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 292 pages
This book examines the relationship between literature and religious conflict in seventeenth-century England, showing how literary texts grew out of and addressed the contemporary controversy over ceremonial worship. Examining the meaning and function of religion in seventeenth-century England, Achsah Guibbory shows that the conflicts over religious ceremony that were central to the English Revolution had broad cultural significance. She offers new and original readings of Herbert, Herrick, Browne and Milton in this context.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments page xi
1
devotion in The Temple and
44
religious experience in the Temple
79
the promiscuous embrace
119
carnal idolatry and the reconfiguration
147
carnal idolatry and the reconfiguration
187
Notes
228
Index
269
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