Reading Humility in Early Modern England Hardback

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Reading Humility in Early Modern England

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While humility is not especially valued in modern Western culture, Jennifer Clement argues here, it is central to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century understandings of Christian faith and behavior, and is vital to early modern concepts of the self. As this study shows, early modern literary engagements with humility link it to self-knowledge through the practice of right reading, and make humility foundational to any proper understanding of human agency. Yet humility has received little critical interest, and has often been misunderstood as a false virtue that engenders only self-abjection. This study offers an overview of various ways in which humility is discussed, deployed, or resisted in early modern texts ranging from the explicitly religious and autobiographical prose of Katherine Parr and John Donne, to the more politically motivated prose of Queen Elizabeth I and the seventeenth-century reformer and radical Thomas Tryon. As part of the wider 'turn to religion' in early modern studies, this study seeks to complicate our understanding of a mainstream early modern virtue, and to problematize a mode of critical analysis that assumes agency is always defined by resistance.

Reading Humility in Early Modern England by Jennifer Clement was published by Ashgate Publishing Group in June 2015. The ISBN for Reading Humility in Early Modern England is 9781472453778.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherAshgate Publishing Group (June 2015)
EditionNew edition
Weight454g
Number of Pages164
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781472453778
ISBN-101472453778
Product Code4322951
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