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The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Popular Culture

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The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Popular Culture by Gary Waller
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This book was first published in 2011. The Virgin Mary was one of the most powerful images of the Middle Ages, central to people's experience of Christianity. During the Reformation, however, many images of the Virgin were destroyed, as Protestantism rejected the way the medieval Church over-valued and sexualized Mary. Although increasingly marginalized in Protestant thought and practice, her traces and surprising transformations continued to haunt early modern England. Combining historical analysis and contemporary theory, including issues raised by psychoanalysis and feminist theology, Gary Waller examines the literature, theology and popular culture associated with Mary in the transition between late medieval and early modern England. He contrasts a variety of pre-Reformation texts and events, including popular mariology, poetry, tales, drama, pilgrimage and the emerging 'New Learning', with later sixteenth-century ruins, songs, ballads, Petrarchan poetry, the works of Shakespeare and other texts where the Virgin's presence or influence, sometimes surprisingly, can be found.

Author Biography

Gary Waller is Professor of Literature, Cultural Studies and Theater at Purchase College, State University of New York.
Release date NZ
January 20th, 2011
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
250
Dimensions
152x229x17
ISBN-13
9780521762960
Product ID
9016747

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