Imagining Religious Toleration: A Literary History of an Idea, 1600 1830

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Alison Conway, David Alvarez
University of Toronto Press, Aug 31, 2019 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages

Formerly a site of study reserved for intellectual historians and political philosophers, scholarship on religious toleration, from the perspective of literary scholars, is fairly limited. Largely ignored and understudied techniques employed by writers to influence cultural understandings of tolerance are rich for exploration. In investigating texts ranging from early modern to Romantic, Alison Conway, David Alvarez, and their contributors shed light on what literature can say about toleration, and how it can produce and manage feelings of tolerance and intolerance.

Beginning with an overview of the historical debates surrounding the terms "toleration" and "tolerance," this book moves on to discuss the specific contributions that literature and literary modes have made to cultural history, studying the literary techniques that philosophers, theologians, and political theorists used to frame the questions central to the idea and practice of religious toleration. Tracing the rhetoric employed by a wide range of authors, the contributors delve into topics such as conversion as an instrument of power in Shakespeare; the relationship between religious toleration and the rise of Enlightenment satire; and the ways in which writing can act as a call for tolerance.

 

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Contents

Imagining Religious Toleration ALISON CONWAY
3
Shylock Conversion Toleration PAUL YACHNIN
18
New World Behn Toleration Geography and the Question of Humanity SHARON ACHINSTEIN
35
Blind or Blindfolded? Disability Religious Difference and Miltons Samson Agonistes ANDREW MCKENDRY
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Imagining Worlds and Figuring Toleration Freedom Diversity and Violence in A Description of a New World Called The BlazingWorld CORRINNE...
97
How to Handle the Intolerant The Education of Pierre Bayle ELENA RUSSO
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The Difference Enlightenment Satire Makes to Religion Hudibras to Hebdo DAVID ALVAREZ
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Daniel Defoe and the Geopolitics of Islamic Toleration HUMBERTO GARCIA
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The Toleration of Enthusiasts JOANNA PICCIOTTO
193
Joseph Priestleys Romantic Progressivism MARK CANUEL
216
Translating Love in Prometheus Unbound COLIN JAGER
234
Contributors
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Index
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Alison Conway is Professor of English and Cultural Studies, and of Gender and Women's Studies, at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

David Alvarez is Associate Professor and Chair of English at DePauw University.

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