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Early Modern Metaphysical Literature : Nature, Custom and Strange Desires - Michael Morgan Holmes

Early Modern Metaphysical Literature

Nature, Custom and Strange Desires

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"Early Modern Metaphysical Literature" illuminates now-obscured aspects of cultural negotiation and denaturalization germane to numerous Metaphysical texts. Examining poetry and prose by Donne, Marvell, Lanyer, Crashaw, and Edward Herbert, this book challenges readers to recognize the provocative strangeness of these writings both in their original contexts and today.

'A witty, learned, and always intelligent book.' - Linda Woodbridge, The Pennsylvania State University



'The congenial, witty author who introduces himself on page 1 makes this book, from start to finish, a genuine pleasure to read. With good reason Michael Holmes claims spiritual kinship with Montaigne. Like Montaigne in dialogue with the ancients, Holmes in dialogue with the metaphysicals - Edward Herbert, John Donne, Andrew Marvell, Aemilia Lanyer, Richard Crashaw - charms his subjects into revealing new sides of themselves and their work, particularly with regard to desire, nature and custom. Deconstruction has never been so delightful.' - Bruce R.Smith, Professor of English, Georgetown University

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introduction: Sublunary Thingsp. 1
Authors and their textsp. 6
Nature and customp. 9
Strangeness and Desirep. 19
'Metaphysical'?!p. 19
Getting Metaphysicalp. 28
Desire is strangep. 34
Edward Herbert: Handsome, Chivalrous, and Strangep. 44
Truth, concept, and perceptionp. 46
Wonder-ful Lord Herbertp. 50
Poetry, desire, and the limits of perceptionp. 58
Edward and John on the brinkp. 66
Green Desires: Andrew Marvell and the Pursuit of Pleasurep. 69
Sapphic pleasuresp. 71
Marvell's bentp. 72
The convent, marriage, and desirep. 78
Into the woodsp. 83
'Streightness'p. 86
Rich Chains of Love: Desire and Community in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judoeorump. 89
Desire, devotion, and companionshipp. 91
Love's green shelterp. 101
Codap. 104
The Science of Possession: Conscience and Hagiology in Early Stuart Englandp. 106
Hagiology and cultural powerp. 109
Donne and liberty of consciencep. 112
Lyric contemplationsp. 122
Crashaw's Saint Teresap. 128
The afterglow of kings and martyrsp. 135
Codap. 144
Afterword: Saints and Sinners for a New Millenniump. 149
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780333760215
ISBN-10: 0333760212
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 19th January 2001
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1