Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England by Adrian Streete

By Adrian Streete

Containing designated readings of performs via Shakespeare, Marlowe and Middleton, in addition to poetry and prose, this ebook presents an enormous old and demanding reassessment of the connection among early sleek Protestantism and drama. studying the complicated and painful shift from past due medieval non secular tradition to a society ruled through the tips of the Reformers, Adrian Streete offers a clean figuring out of Reformed theology and the illustration of early sleek subjectivity. via shut research of significant thinkers reminiscent of Augustine, William of Ockham, Erasmus, Luther and Calvin, the booklet argues for the profoundly Christological concentration of Reformed theology and explores how this manifests itself in early sleek drama. relocating past questions of authorial 'belief', Streete assesses Elizabethan and Jacobean drama's engagement with the demanding situations of the Reformation.

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In doing this, he underplays the fact that mediation is a critical if Christ, subjectivity and representation in early modern discourse 37 contested notion in all versions of Christian thought, not least early modern Protestantism. Here we might recall the speaker in Herbert’s ‘The Sinner’. ’ (1–2). We notice that the turn towards the ‘treasur’d’ memory is closely aligned with the ‘ague’ that permeates ‘all’ of the speaker’s self. This is because what he seeks are ‘shreds of holinesse, that dare not venture/ To shew their face’ (6–7).

85 It is because of this indefinition that the mimetic discourse of the subject as ‘image’ of the divine is foregrounded as the tension between these two positions is played out across a variety of texts and genres. Although much of the discussion that follows is invariably theological in focus, my working assumption throughout is that the figurative image, however it is conceived, is always an ideological construction and is always implicated in the broader networks of political dominance and subordination that produce subjectivity.

After all, ‘copying’ is itself a form of ‘doing’. 84 In a Protestant context, the issue becomes not so much one of text and subtext struggling with each other as Greene would have it but rather one of theological negotiation. Protestantism has to engage in a dialectical negotiation with a much older inherited biblical, patristic and medieval Christological lexis, one which is then taken up by humanism and that commonly emphasises a volitional anthropological model of the subject (man may ‘feel’ or ‘put on’ Christ).

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