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Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the English Reformation

Constance M. Furey


What is the relationship between our isolated and our social selves, between aloneness and interconnection? Poetic Relations probes this question through a suggestive literary tradition: early Protestant poems in which a single speaker describes a solitary search for God. Offering new readings of well-known poems from the English Reformation—including poems by John Donne, George Herbert, Anne Bradstreet, and others—the book reveals that sources seemingly concerned with solitary experiences of faith and doubt in fact provide sophisticated expressions of relational selfhood. To highlight the sig ... More

Keywords: John Donne, George Herbert, Anne Bradstreet, English Reformation, subjectivity, relationality, poetry, Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226434155
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226434292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Constance M. Furey, author
Indiana University

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