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Religious Devotion and the Poetics of Reform

Author : George Pati
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The poetry emanating from the bhakti tradition of devotional love in India has been both a religious expression and a form of resistance to hierarchies of caste, gender, and colonialism. Some scholars have read this art form through the lens of resistance and reform, but others have responded that imposing an interpretive framework on these poems fails to appreciate their authentic expressions of devotion. This book argues that these declarations of love and piety can simultaneously represent efforts towards emancipation at the spiritual, political, and social level. This book, through a close study of Naḷini (1911), a Malayalam lyric poem, as well as other poems, authored by Mahākavi Kumāran Āśān (1873–1924), a low-caste Kerala poet, demonstrates how Āśān employed a theme of love among humans during the modern period in Kerala that was grounded in the native South Indian bhakti understanding of love of the deity. Āśān believed that personal religious freedom comes from devotion to the deity, and that love for humans must emanate from love of the deity. In showing how devotional religious expression also served as a resistance movement, this study provides new perspective on an understudied area of the colonial period. Bringing to light an under-explored medium, in both religious and artistic terms, this book will be of great interest to scholars of religious studies, Hindu studies, and religion and literature, as well as academics with an interest in Indian culture.

Conflicts of Devotion

Author : Daniel R. Gibbons
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Who will mourn with me? Who will break bread with me? Who is my neighbor? In the wake of the religious reformations of the sixteenth century, such questions called for a new approach to the communal religious rituals and verses that shaped and commemorated many of the brightest and darkest moments of English life. In England, new forms of religious writing emerged out of a deeply fractured spiritual community. Conflicts of Devotion reshapes our understanding of the role that poetry played in the re-formation of English community, and shows us that understanding both the poetics of liturgy and the liturgical character of poetry is essential to comprehending the deep shifts in English spiritual attitudes and practices that occurred during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The liturgical, communitarian perspective of Conflicts of Devotion sheds new light on neglected texts and deepens our understanding of how major writers such as Edmund Spenser, Robert Southwell, and John Donne struggled to write their way out of the spiritual and social crises of the age of the Reformation. It also sheds new light on the roles that poetry may play in negotiating—and even overcoming—religious conflict. Attention to liturgical poetics allows us to see the broad spectrum of ways in which English poets forged new forms of spiritual community out of the very language of theological division. This book will be of great interest to teachers and students of early modern poetry and of the various fields related to Reformation studies: history, politics, and theology.

Transformational Embodiment in Asian Religions

Author : George Pati
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This volume examines several theoretical concerns of embodiment in the context of Asian religious practice. Looking at both subtle and spatial bodies, it explores how both types of embodiment are engaged as sites for transformation, transaction and transgression. Collectively bridging ancient and modern conceptualizations of embodiment in religious practice, the book offers a complex mapping of how body is defined. It revisits more traditional, mystical religious systems, including Hindu Tantra and Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon, Chinese Daoism and Persian Sufism and distinctively juxtaposes these inquiries alongside analyses of racial, gendered, and colonized bodies. Such a multifaceted subject requires a diverse approach, and so perspectives from phenomenology and neuroscience as well as critical race theory and feminist theology are utilised to create more precise analytical tools for the scholarly engagement of embodied religious epistemologies. This a nuanced and interdisciplinary exploration of the myriad issues around bodies within religion. As such it will be a key resource for any scholar of Religious Studies, Asian Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Gender Studies.

Michelangelo s Christian Mysticism

Author : Sarah Rolfe Prodan
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In this book, Sarah Rolfe Prodan examines the spiritual poetry of Michelangelo in light of three contexts: the Catholic Reformation movement, Renaissance Augustinianism, and the tradition of Italian religious devotion. Prodan combines a literary, historical, and biographical approach to analyze the mystical constructs and conceits in Michelangelo's poems, thereby deepening our understanding of the artist's spiritual life in the context of Catholic Reform in the mid-sixteenth century. Prodan also demonstrates how Michelangelo's poetry is part of an Augustinian tradition that emphasizes mystical and moral evolution of the self. Examining such elements of early modern devotion as prayer, lauda singing, and the contemplation of religious images, Prodan provides a unique perspective on the subtleties of Michelangelo's approach to life and to art. Throughout, Prodan argues that Michelangelo's art can be more deeply understood when considered together with his poetry, which points to a spirituality that deeply informed all of his production.

Religion Reform and Women s Writing in Early Modern England

Author : Kimberly Anne Coles
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Long considered marginal in early modern culture, women writers were actually central to the development of a Protestant literary tradition in England. Kimberly Anne Coles explores their contribution to this tradition through thorough archival research in publication history and book circulation; the interaction of women's texts with those written by men; and the traceable influence of women's writing upon other contemporary literary works. Focusing primarily upon Katherine Parr, Anne Askew, Mary Sidney Herbert, and Anne Vaughan Lok, Coles argues that the writings of these women were among the most popular and influential works of sixteenth-century England. This book is full of prevalent material and fresh analysis for scholars of early modern literature, culture and religious history.

Death Be Not Proud

Author : David Marno
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What might contemporary thinkers learn from prayer? The seventeenth-century French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche suggested a possibility: that prayer teaches us how to attend. This book explores the precedents of Malebranche s advice by reading John Donne s poetic prayers in the context of what David Marno calls the art of holy attention. This requires an understanding of attention s role in Christian devotion, which he provides by uncovering a tradition of holy attention that spans from ascetic thinkers and Church Fathers to Catholic spiritual exercises and Protestant prayer manuals. Donne s devotional poems occupy a unique position in this tradition. Marno identifies in them a devotional model of thinking whose aim is to experience an affect of attention. Marno s argument is framed by compelling close readings of Death, be not proud, Donne s most triumphant poem about the resurrection. Elsewhere, Marno takes up Claudius s prayer in "Hamlet" and Saint Augustine s account of attention in the "Soliloquies" and the "Confessions." The book ends with a Coda on the aftermath of holy attention in the philosophies of Descartes and Malebranche."

The Religious Poetry of Tristan L Hermite

Author : Ruth Ann Gjelsteen
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Orthodoxy Heresy and Reform

Author : A. Kieran
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This thesis questions the validity of the traditional approach to religious devotion in late- . i medieval England by broadening the chronological scope of investigation beyond Wyclif and the binary categories of orthodoxy and heresy that typify existing scholarly thought. The study provides an alternative means of interpreting Wycliffism and Lollardy, one that resists a teleological depiction of the heresy as a pre-cursor to the Reformation, and avoids over- emphasising the impact of Wycliffism on vernacular religious expression in the decades directly following Archbishop Arundel' s 1409 constitutions. The Introduction and first chapter examine a broader context for "Wycliffite" thought by considering the impact of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215, and the subsequent pastoralia tradition that emerged. This examination establishes a framework for the study of late-medieval devotionalism, demonstrating the limitations of any model that simplifies the subject of religious worship and marginalises the series of alternative reformist narratives. The thesis suggests that Wycliffism and Lollardy was neither the sole nor the defining moment in late-medieval English religious history, and offers an alternative narrative independent of Wycliffism and LoIlardy that transcended the orthodoxy-heresy divide. The developments ofvemacular religious thought throughout the later Middle Ages are then traced using Langland's Piers Plowman, and subsequent chapters develop this theme. A new approach to devotion that frustrates traditional categorisation is explored by focusing on fifteenth-century texts from the "Piers Plowman tradition?', as well as a little-known sermon from the period, "Citizens of Saints". The last two chapters examine new modes of approved orthodoxy that emerged under the strategic leadership of Chic he le's Church and the Lancastrian monarchy, exploring the poetry of John Audelay, Thomas Hoccleve, and, to a lesser extent, John Lydgate, These demonstrate how the themes of orthodoxy, heresy and reform were negotiated in the literature of the post - Wyclif period.

Rewriting Buddhism

Author : Alastair Gornall
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Rewriting Buddhism is the first intellectual history of premodern Sri Lanka’s most culturally productive period. This era of reform (1157–1270) shaped the nature of Theravada Buddhism both in Sri Lanka and also Southeast Asia and even today continues to define monastic intellectual life in the region. Alastair Gornall argues that the long century’s literary productivity was not born of political stability, as is often thought, but rather of the social, economic and political chaos brought about by invasions and civil wars. Faced with unprecedented uncertainty, the monastic community sought greater political autonomy, styled itself as royal court, and undertook a series of reforms, most notably, a purification and unification in 1165 during the reign of Parakramabahu I. He describes how central to the process of reform was the production of new forms of Pali literature, which helped create a new conceptual and social coherence within the reformed community; one that served to preserve and protect their religious tradition while also expanding its reach among the more fragmented and localized elites of the period.

Music Modernity and Publicness in India

Author : Tejaswi Niranjana
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With the onset of modernity in twentieth-century India, new social arrangements gave rise to new forms of music-making. The musicians were no longer performing exclusively in the princely courts or in the private homes of the wealthy. Not only did the act of listening to and appreciating music change, it became an important feature of public life, thus influencing how modernity shaped itself. This volume attempts to study the connections between music and the creation of new ideas of publicness during the early twentieth century. How was music labelled as folk or classical? How did music come to play such a catalytic role in forming identities of nationhood, politics, or ethnicity? And how did twentieth-century technologies of sound reproduction and commercial marketing contribute to changing notions of cultural distinction? Exploring these interdisciplinary questions across multiple languages, regions, and musical genres, the essays provide fresh perspectives on the history of musicians and migration in colonial India, the formation of modern spaces of performance, and the articulation of national as well as nationalist traditions.

The Poetics of Devotion

Author : Rachel Dwyer
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This text introduces a major poet scarcely known to scholars outside Gujarat in India: Kavi Dayarambhai (1777-1852), and analyses the poet's place in the history of Indian literature.

Image Text and Religious Reform in Fifteenth Century England

Author : Shannon Gayk
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Focusing on the period between the Wycliffite critique of images and Reformation iconoclasm, Shannon Gayk investigates the sometimes complementary and sometimes fraught relationship between vernacular devotional writing and the religious image. She examines how a set of fifteenth-century writers, including Lollard authors, John Lydgate, Thomas Hoccleve, John Capgrave, and Reginald Pecock, translated complex clerical debates about the pedagogical and spiritual efficacy of images and texts into vernacular settings and literary forms. These authors found vernacular discourse to be a powerful medium for explaining and reforming contemporary understandings of visual experience. In its survey of the function of literary images and imagination, the epistemology of vision, the semiotics of idols, and the authority of written texts, this study reveals a fifteenth century that was as much an age of religious and literary exploration, experimentation, and reform as it was an age of regulation.

Doctrine and Devotion in Seventeenth century Poetry

Author : R. V. Young
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English devotional poets of 17c set in a wider European and Catholic context.

Linguistic Poetics

Author : Shira Wolosky Weiss
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Thomas Hoccleve

Author : Sebastian J. Langdell
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This book explores the work of the late-medieval English writer Thomas Hoccleve. It highlights Hoccleve's role, throughout his works, as a religious writer: an individual who engages seriously with the dynamics of heresy and ecclesiastical reform, who contributes to traditions of vernacular devotional writing, and who raises the question of how Christianity manifests on personal as well as political levels. It suggests a role for Hoccleve as a poetic mediator, capable of mediating between the increasingly militant English church and an incipient English literary tradition, and it highlights Hoccleve's role in transforming the figure of Chaucer in the first decades of the fifteenth century. It argues that the version of Chaucer presented in Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes - august, devout, and conspicuously religious - is not a pre-formed artifact, but rather a Hocclevian invention; and it indicates the ecclesiastical, political, and literary contexts that make this version of Chaucer both possible and necessary. This study also situates Hoccleve's accomplishments in a transnational poetic context - offering French and Italian precedents for Hoccleve's moralization of Chaucer, while examining the influence of contemporary French poetry on Hoccleve's work. It positions us to reconsider Hoccleve's role within English literary tradition, and to better understand the way heresy and religious reform surface in late medieval poetry; and it affords us a more nuanced context for Chaucer's positioning as a literary 'father' figure in this period.

The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry 1660 1800

Author : Jack Lynch
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In the most comprehensive, up-to-date account of the poetry published in Britain between the Restoration and the end of the eighteenth century, a team of leading experts surveys the poetry of the age in all its richness and diversity. They provide a systematic overview, and restore these poetic works to a position of centrality in modern criticism.

Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Author : Kirstie Blair
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This study situates Victorian poetry in relation to Victorian religion, with particular emphasis on the bitter contemporary debates over the use of forms in worship. It argues that poetry made significant contributions to these debates, not least through its formal structures. Form and Faith discusses major Victorian poets - Tennyson, the Brownings, Rossetti, Hopkins, Hardy - from different Christian denominations, but also argues that their work was influenced bya host of minor and less studied writers, particularly the Tractarian or Oxford Movement poets. The book thus presents a new take on Victorian poetry, re-assesses some of the most well-known poeticworks of the period, and discusses aspects of Victorian religion that have received little attention in literary and cultural criticism.

The Language of Liturgy

Author : David Jasper
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Art Gender and Religious Devotion in Grand Ducal Tuscany

Author : Ms Alice E Sanger
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Positing Medici women’s patronage as a network of devotional, entrepreneurial and cultural activities that depended on seeing and being seen, Alice Sanger focuses on the intersection of the visual and the sacred at the Medici court of the later sixteenth to early seventeenth centuries. By examining the religious dimensions of the Medici grand duchesses' art patronage and collecting activities alongside their visually resonant devotional and public acts, this book adds a new dimension to the current scholarship on women’s patronage in early modern Italy.

Christian and Lyric Tradition in Victorian Women s Poetry

Author : F. Elizabeth Gray
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Women in the Victorian period were acknowledged to be the "religious sex," but their relationship to the doctrines, practices, and hierarchies of Christianity was both highly circumscribed, which has been well documented, and complexly creative, which has not. Gray visits the importance of the literature of Christian devotion to women's creative lives through an examination of the varied ways in which Victorian women reproduced and recreated traditional Christian texts in their own poetic texts. Investigating how women poets redeployed the discourse of Christianity to uncover the multiple voices of the scriptures, to expand identity and gender constructions, and to question traditional narratives and processes of authorization, Gray contends that women found in religious poetry unexpected, liberating possibilities. Taking into account multiple voices, from the best-known female poets of the day to some of the most obscure, this study provides a comprehensive account of Victorian women's religious poetic creativity, and argues that this body of work helped shape the development of the lyric in the Victorian period.