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Oral culture and Catholicism in early modern England.

Shell, A. (2007) 'Oral culture and Catholicism in early modern England.', Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Abstract

After the Reformation, England’s Catholics were marginalised and excluded from using printed media for propagandist ends. Instead, they turned to oral media, such as ballads and stories, to plead their case and maintain contact with their community. Building on the interest in Catholic literature which has developed in early modern studies over the last few years, Alison Shell examines the relationship between Catholicism and oral culture from the mid-sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. In order to recover the textual traces of this minority culture, she expands canonical boundaries, looking at anecdotes, spells and popular verse alongside more conventionally literary material. In her archival research she has uncovered many important new manuscript sources. This book is an important contribution to the rediscovery of the writings and culture of the Catholic community and will be of great interest to scholars of early modern literature, history and theology. • An important contribution to the growing field of Catholic literature and culture studies • Contains much original scholarship on important yet little-known texts • Of great interest to literary, historical and theological scholars

Item Type:Book
Keywords:Oral culture, Recusancy, Catholicism.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521883955
Record Created:22 Jan 2008
Last Modified:10 Aug 2010 10:06

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