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Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion in Early Modern England [Paperback]

By Ramie Targoff (Author)
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"Common Prayer" explores the relationship between prayer and poetry in the century following the Protestant Reformation. Ramie Targoff challenges the conventional and largely misleading distinctions between the ritualized world of Catholicism and the more individualistic focus of Protestantism. Early modern England, she demonstrates, was characterized less by the triumph of religious interiority than by efforts to shape public forms of devotion. This provocatively revisionist argument will have major implications for early modern studies.
Through readings of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet, " Richard Hooker's "Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie," Philip Sidney's "Apology for Poetry" and his translations of the Psalms, John Donne's sermons and poems, and George Herbert's "The Temple, " Targoff uncovers the period's pervasive and often surprising interest in cultivating public and formalized models of worship. At the heart of this study lies an original and daring approach to understanding the origins of devotional poetry; Targoff shows how the projects of composing eloquent verse and improving liturgical worship come to be deeply intertwined. New literary practices, then, became a powerful means of forging common prayer, or controlling private and otherwise unmanageable expressions of faith.

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Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion in Early Modern England by Ramie Targoff has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 06/19/2002 page 40
  • New Yorker (The) - 10/29/2001 page 85


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Studio: University Of Chicago Press
Pages   162
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 16, 2008
Publisher   University Of Chicago Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0226789691  
ISBN13  9780226789699  


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