Prayer, Despair, and Drama: Elizabethan Introspection

Prayer Despair and Drama Elizabethan Introspection Prayer Despair and Drama explores the godly sorrow of Elizabethan Calvinists and finds that what some have characterized as an evangelism of fear functioned as a kind of religious therapy In this ma

  • Title: Prayer, Despair, and Drama: Elizabethan Introspection
  • Author: Peter Kaufman
  • ISBN: 9780252022227
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Prayer, Despair, and Drama explores the godly sorrow of Elizabethan Calvinists and finds that what some have characterized as an evangelism of fear functioned as a kind of religious therapy In this major contribution to discussions of the relationship between religion and literature in Elizabethan England, Peter Iver Kaufman argues that the soul searching and self scPrayer, Despair, and Drama explores the godly sorrow of Elizabethan Calvinists and finds that what some have characterized as an evangelism of fear functioned as a kind of religious therapy In this major contribution to discussions of the relationship between religion and literature in Elizabethan England, Peter Iver Kaufman argues that the soul searching and self scourging typical of late Tudor Calvinism was reflected in the rhetoric of self loathing then prevalent in sermons, sonnets, and soliloquys Kaufman shows how this spiritual psychology informs major literary texts including Hamlet, The Faerie Queene, Donne s Holy Sonnets, and other works.

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