TITLE

Cultures of Coexistence in Early Modern England: History, Literature and Religious Toleration

AUTHOR(S)
Walsham, Alexandra
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
Seventeenth Century;Jun2013, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p115
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
This synoptic essay explores trends in historical research and literary criticism on the theme of toleration. It surveys the current state of this lively field of enquiry and demonstrates how far the subject remains coloured by assumptions and narratives of change forged in the early modern era itself. It explores how tolerance and intolerance have been approached by intellectual and social historians and the implications of the recent growth of interest in religious tolerance and intolerance in the post-Reformation period among scholars of early modern literature. It highlights the conceptual problems and interpretative challenges that surround the subject and points towards the need for heightened sensitivity to the role and agency of language and texts, rhetorics and representations, in our analysis of the cultures of coexistence that emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
ACCESSION #
88468461

 

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