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The Resource Beyond the cloister : Catholic Englishwomen and early modern literary culture, Jenna Lay

Beyond the cloister : Catholic Englishwomen and early modern literary culture, Jenna Lay

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Beyond the cloister : Catholic Englishwomen and early modern literary culture
Title
Beyond the cloister
Title remainder
Catholic Englishwomen and early modern literary culture
Statement of responsibility
Jenna Lay
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Representations of Catholic women appear with surprising frequency in the literature of post-Reformation England. Playwrights and poets from William Shakespeare to Andrew Marvell invoke the figure of the nun to powerful and often perplexing effect, and works that never directly address female Catholicism, such as Christopher Marlowe's 'Hero and Leander', share a discourse with contemporary debates regarding the status of recusant women. Catholic Englishwomen, whether living in convents on the European continent or as recusants in their own country, contributed to these debates, but even as their writings addressed the central religious and political issues of their time, their contributions were effaced and now are largely forgotten. Exploring the writings of Catholic women in conversation with those of Shakespeare, Marvell, Marlowe, Donne, and other canonical authors, Beyond the Cloister shows that nuns and recusants were centrally important to the development of English literature. The defining narratives of early modern England cast nuns as the relics of an unenlightened past and equated Catholic femininity with the dangerous charms of the Whore of Babylon. 0With careful attention to literary figurations of Catholic femininity and to the vibrant manuscript culture in the English convents, Jenna Lay reveals a far more complex reality. Through their use of tropes, figures, generic patterns, and literary allusions, Catholic women produced politically incendiary and rhetorically powerful lyrics, prayers, polemics, and hagiographies. Drawing on the insights of religious studies, historical formalism, and feminist criticism, Beyond the Cloister offers a reassessment of crucial decades in the development of English literary history
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PU/DLC
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Lay, Jenna
Dewey number
820.9/9287
Index
index present
LC call number
PR113
LC item number
.L39 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Catholic women authors
  • Catholic women authors
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Women and literature
  • England
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Beyond the cloister : Catholic Englishwomen and early modern literary culture, Jenna Lay
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
945950073
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780812248388
Lccn
2016026328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)945950073
Label
Beyond the cloister : Catholic Englishwomen and early modern literary culture, Jenna Lay
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
945950073
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780812248388
Lccn
2016026328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)945950073

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