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The Resource The politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance, Esther Gilman Richey

The politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance, Esther Gilman Richey

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The politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance
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The politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance
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Esther Gilman Richey
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eng
Summary
  • Recognizing that the seventeenth century's volatile debate over apocalyptic interpretation has since become a one-sided discussion, Esther Gilman Richey develops a context that recovers the dynamism so inherent in the writings of the period and provides illuminating details that enhance the prophetic continuum. The Politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance does not ignore the familiar prophetic verse of Spenser and Milton, but it significantly expands the scope of study by examining the interpretations of both men and women who represent a range of ecclesiastical and political perspectives
  • "Recognizing that the seventeenth century's volatile debate over apocalyptic interpretation has since become a one-sided discussion, Esther Gilman Richey develops a context that recovers the dynamism so inherent in the writings of the period and provides illuminating details that enhance the prophetic continuum. The Politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance does not ignore the familiar prophetic verse of Spenser and Milton, but it significantly expands the scope of study by examining the interpretations of both men and women who represent a range of ecclesiastical and political perspectives. Richey rejects Barbara Lewalski's claim that the radical, prophetic writers and metaphysical poets of the seventeenth century drew inspiration from distinct biblical models, the former from the Apocalypse and the latter from the Psalms. Instead she contends that even writers such as Donne and Herbert, whom we have long considered "literary," were in reality using their poetry to participate in the hottest debates of the time. While the radical writers, such as Spenser and Milton, were immediately responsive to ecclesiastical and political controversies, the conservative, metaphysical poets{u2014}Donne, Herbert, and Vaughan{u2014}were posing equally politically charged questions: Is the pope Antichrist? Is the Bride of Christ pure? Is the Temple a model of ecclesiastical reform? The writers of the period did not move in divided and distinguished worlds, but in fact constantly responded to one another through poetic and politically charged dialogue. By drawing from the writings of various individuals, both radical and conformist, male and female, Richey traces the shifting representations of the apocalyptic Bride and Temple over time. Organized chronologically, the chapters of The Politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance reveal the escalating debate among the pacifists, conformists, militants, and feminists. Not only does Richey uncover the prophetic dimension of conformist writers usually described as apolitical and devotional, but she also explores the writings of lesser-known women prophets: Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Cary, Anna Trapnel, and Margaret Fell. In such biblical passages as the apocalyptic "woman clothed with the sun," these early feminists find the authority for their own prophetic speech."--Publishers website
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DLC
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1954-
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Richey, Esther Gilman
Dewey number
820.9/3823
Index
index present
LC call number
PR438.R45
LC item number
R53 1998
Literary form
non fiction
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  • English literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Christianity and literature
  • Christian literature, English
  • Apocalyptic literature
  • Prophecies in literature
  • Prophecy
  • Renaissance
  • England
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The politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance, Esther Gilman Richey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-245) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Historic recoveries : Spenserian apocalyptic and the true church -- War and peace : prophecy in Thomas Brightman and Lancelot Andrewes -- Subverting Paul : the true church and the Querelle des femmes in Aemilia Lanyer -- Admitting adultery : Donne's versions of the true church -- Body language : the political design of Herbert's Temple -- Contestatory measures in "On the morning," Comus, and Paradise lost -- Feminist authority in Eleanor Davies's prophecies -- Re-covering Paul : the true church and the prophecies of Mary Cary, Anna Trapnel, and Margaret Fell -- Henry Vaughan's concealed temple
Control code
38478427
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 252 pages
Isbn
9780826211668
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98003089
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance, Esther Gilman Richey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-245) 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
Contents
Historic recoveries : Spenserian apocalyptic and the true church -- War and peace : prophecy in Thomas Brightman and Lancelot Andrewes -- Subverting Paul : the true church and the Querelle des femmes in Aemilia Lanyer -- Admitting adultery : Donne's versions of the true church -- Body language : the political design of Herbert's Temple -- Contestatory measures in "On the morning," Comus, and Paradise lost -- Feminist authority in Eleanor Davies's prophecies -- Re-covering Paul : the true church and the prophecies of Mary Cary, Anna Trapnel, and Margaret Fell -- Henry Vaughan's concealed temple
Control code
38478427
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 252 pages
Isbn
9780826211668
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98003089
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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