Robert Southwell and the Mission of Literature, 1561-1595: Writing Reconciliation
In this book, Scott Pilarz explores how the literary legacy of Robert Southwell, S.J. kept his voice alive after his hanging in 1595. The Elizabethan establishment viewed Southwell as a subversive, and he has received only scant attention from scholars in the centuries since his death. Pilarz restores the Jesuit poet to his rightful position of importance in literature and history, showing how Southwell's works mark the point of convergence of aesthetic, theological, political and personal influences that determined the ethos of the period. The study offers fresh insight into energies that shaped early modern culture, and provokes more sophisticated and respectful analysis of religion in literature.
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