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Author Crawford, Julie, 1968-

Title Marvelous Protestantism : monstrous births in post-Reformation England / Julie Crawford.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  820.93561 CRAW    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  820.93561 CRAW    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-260) and index.
Contents Introduction : "strange news" and the reformation of England -- 1. Protestant reform and the fashion monster -- 2. "The mother of a monster, and not of an orderly birth" : women and the signs of disorder -- 3. Forms of imperfect union -- 4. Heedless women, headless monsters, and the wars of religion -- 5. The ranters monster and the "children of God" -- Conclusion : the signs of the times.
Summary "In post-Reformation England, "monster" could mean both a horrible aberration and a divine embodiment or revelation. In Marvelous Protestantism, Julie Crawford examines accounts of monstrous births in popular pamphlets along with the graphic illustrations accompanying them, demonstrating how Protestant reformers used these accounts to guide their public through the spiritual confusion and social turmoil of the time." "Traditionally, accounts of monstrous births and other marvelous occurrences have been analyzed in relationship to the tabloid press or the rise of modern science. Crawford focuses instead on the ways in which broadsheets and pamphlets served a new religion desperately trying to establish clear guidelines for religious and moral behavior during a period of political uncertainty. Perceptively showing how monstrous births implicated women as reproductive forces, Crawford demonstrates how women were responsible for the reproduction of Protestantism itself, whether robust or grotesquely misconceived." "Through its examination of the nature of propaganda and early modern reading practices, and of the central role women played in Protestant reform, Marvelous Protestantism establishes a new approach to interpreting post-Reformation English culture."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Human body in literature.
English literature -- Protestant authors -- History and criticism.
Protestantism and literature -- History -- 16th century.
Protestantism and literature -- History -- 17th century.
Protestants -- England -- Intellectual life.
Abnormalities, Human, in literature.
Marvelous, The, in literature.
Childbirth in literature.
Punishment in literature.
Reformation -- England.
Monsters in literature.
ISBN 0801881129 (acid-free paper)