Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism

Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism

by Lowell Gallagher

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The tumultuous climate of early modern England had a profound effect on its Catholic population's domestic life, social customs, literary inventions, and political arguments. Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism explores the broad spectrum of the early modern English Catholic experience, presenting fresh and often startling assessments of the most problematic topics in post-Reformation English Catholicism.

The contributors to this volume – all leading or rising scholars of early modern studies – conceptualize English Catholicism as a hazardous series of contested territories divided by shifting boundaries, requiring Catholics to navigate with vigilance and diplomacy their status as 'insiders' or 'outsiders.' This collection also presents new ways to understand the connections between reformist and Catholic inflections in the emerging canon of English poetry, despite the eventual marginalization of Catholic poets in English literary history. Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism ably demonstrates the profoundly experimental as well as recuperative character of early modern English Catholicism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442695498
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 07/24/2012
Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lowell Gallagher is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

  1. Introduction
    Lowell Gallagher


  1. "In Defense of Idolatry: Residual Catholic Culture and the Protestant Assault
    on the Sensuous in Early Modern England"
    Arthur F. Marotti
  2. "'True and Perfect Relations': or, Identifying Henry Garnet and Leticia Wigington
    by Their Confessions"
    Frances E. Dolan
  3. "Motion Rhetoric in Serial Conversion Narratives: Religion and Change in Early
    Modern England"
    Holly Crawford Pickett


  1. "William Alabaster and the Palinode"
    Alison Shell
  2. "Crashaw's Style"
    Richard Rambuss
  3. "Alchemy, Repentance, and Recusant Allegory in Robert Southwell's
    St. Peters Complaint"
    Gary Kuchar
  4. "Malengin and Mercilla, Southwell and Spenser: the Poetics of Tears and
    the Politics of Martyrdom in The Faerie Queene, Book 5, Canto 9"
    Jennifer R. Rust


  1. "'Honest Mirth and Merriment': Christmas and Catholicism in Early Modern England"
    Phebe Jensen
  2. "Uncommon Prayer? Robert Southwell's Short Rule for a Good Life and
    Catholic Domestic Devotion in Post-Reformation England"
    Susannah Monta
  3. "to seek out some Comforts and Companions of his own kind and condition':
    The Benedictine Rosary Confraternity and Chapel of Cardigan House, London"
    Anne Dillon
  4. "Obedience and Consent: Thomas White and English Catholicism, 1640-1660"
    Stefania Tutino


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