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Moral Identity in Early Modern English Literature by Paul Cefalu

By Paul Cefalu

Paul Cefalu's research explores the connection among ethical personality and non secular conversion within the poetry and prose of Sidney, Spenser, Donne, Herbert, and Milton, in addition to in early sleek English Conformist and Puritan sermons, theological tracts, and philosophical treatises. Cefalu argues that early sleek Protestant theologians have been frequently not able to include a coherent idea of useful morality into the order of salvation. Cefalu attracts on clean historicist theories of ideology and subversion, yet takes factor with historicist tendency to conflate regular and express differences between texts. He argues that inventive literature, by way of advantage of its tendency to put characters in nearly actual moral quandaries, uniquely issues out the lack of early sleek English Protestant theology to merge non secular thought and moral perform. This examine should still charm not just to literary critics and historians, but additionally to students drawn to the historical past of ethical theory.

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