Moral Identity in Early Modern English Literature by Paul Cefalu

By Paul Cefalu

Paul Cefalu's learn explores the connection among ethical personality and non secular conversion within the poetry and prose of Sidney, Spenser, Donne, Herbert, and Milton, in addition to in early glossy English Conformist and Puritan sermons, theological tracts, and philosophical treatises. Cefalu argues that early sleek Protestant theologians have been frequently not able to include a coherent conception of sensible morality into the order of salvation. Cefalu attracts on clean historicist theories of ideology and subversion, yet takes factor with historicist tendency to conflate general and specific differences between texts. He argues that inventive literature, by means of advantage of its tendency to put characters in nearly genuine moral quandaries, uniquely issues out the shortcoming of early smooth English Protestant theology to merge spiritual thought and moral perform. This research should still charm not just to literary critics and historians, but in addition to students drawn to the heritage of ethical theory.

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