Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth-Century Thought

Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth-Century Thought

Edited by Elizabeth S. Dodd, Cassandra Gorman

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

New essays on Thomas Traherne challenge traditional critical readings of the poet.
Thomas Traherne has all too often been defined and studied as a solitary thinker, "out of his time", and not as a participant in the complex intellectual currents of the period. The essays collected here take issue with this reading, placing Traherne firmly in his historical context and situating his work within broader issues in seventeenth-century studies and the history of ideas. They draw on recently published textual discoveries alongside manuscripts which will soon be published for the first time. They address major themes in Traherne studies, including Traherne's understanding of matter and spirit, his attitude towards happiness and holiness, his response to solitude and society, and his Anglican identity. As a whole, the volume aims to re-ignite discussion on settled readings of Traherne's work, to reconsider issues in Traherne scholarship which have long lain dormant, and to supplement our picture of the man and his writings through new discoveries and insights.

Elizabeth S. Dodd is programme leader for the MA in theology, ministry and mission and lecturer in theology, imagination and culture at Sarum College, Salisbury; Cassandra Gorman is lecturer in English at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Contributors: Jacob Blevins, Warren Chernaik, Phoebe Dickerson, Elizabeth S. Dodd, Ana Elena González-Treviño, Cassandra Gorman, Carol Ann Johnston, Alison Kershaw, Kathryn Murphy

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June 2016
244 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Renaissance Literature
ISBN: 9781843844242
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBD, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3JD
BISAC LIT004120, PHI022000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: 'A lover of all Things ... An Active ey' (Select Meditations I.82): Traherne in Context
Foreword: Traherne and Historical Contingency - Julia Smith
'The Lanthorns Sides': Skin, Soul and the Poetry of Thomas Traherne - Phoebe Dickerson
No Things But In Thoughts: Traherne's Poetic Realism - Kathryn Murphy
Thomas Traherne and 'Feeling Inside the Atom' - Cassandra Gorman
'Consider it All': Traherne's Revealing of the Cosmic Christ in The Kingdom of God - Alison Kershaw
Crossing the Red Sea: The Ceremonial Law, Typology and the Imagination - Warren Chernaik
Sectarianism in The Ceremonial Law - Carol Ann Johnston
Thomas Traherne and the Study of Happiness - Ana Elena González-Treviño
'Innocency of Life': The Innocence of Thomas Traherne in the Context of Seventeenth-Century Devotion - Elizabeth S. Dodd
Afterword - Jacob Blevins

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