Writing the flesh : the Herbert family dialogue /
by Jeffrey Powers-Beck.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : Duquesne University Press, c1998.
xiii, 279 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0820702935 (acid-free paper)
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Pittsburgh, Pa. : Duquesne University Press, c1998.
0820702935 (acid-free paper)
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Writing the flesh : the Herbert family dialogue -- Joining contrary realms : the "generous ambiguity" of Magdalen Herbert -- "The church-porch" and George Herbert's family advice -- "Lovely enchanting language" : Sir Henry Herbert and the language of courtship -- Comparing fruits : sonship, sacrifice, and time -- Tempests in the blood : Thomas Herbert's "The storme-- from Plimmouth" -- Religion on tiptoe : Sir John Danvers, the Virginia Company, and "The church militant".
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-270) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jeffrey Powers-Beck is associate professor of English at East Tennessee State University. With the assistance of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the ETSU Research Development Committee, he has performed extensive archival research on Herbert family manuscripts in England and Wales. His articles have appeared in English Literary Renaissance, South Atlantic Review, English Language Notes and other journals.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-07-01:
Powers-Beck (East Indiana State Univ.) reads the works of George Herbert in dialogue with Herbert's family and the writings of family members, mother Magdalen and brothers Edward and Henry. Magdalen's Kitchen Book depicts her as manager and center of a large family; her role and her language are characterized by mediation, the reconciliation of extremes. Without discounting the language of mediation that Herbert gleaned from scripture and from Reformation theology, Powers-Beck advances understanding of Herbert's role as poet and priest by grounding it in the domestic sphere. The courtly language of the poet-priest writing at Bemerton is enhanced by Herbert's relationship with Henry, the Master of Revels, stepfather John Danvers, and others. The religious and political disagreements of the age and the consequences of accepting inheritance through the tradition of primogeniture are played out in George and Edward's poetry. Powers-Beck's effective use of biography and previously unexplored texts provides rich insight into the prodigious scholarship on George Herbert's works. Recommended for all upper-division undergraduate and graduate libraries; a valuable resource for faculty designing courses that highlight the creative interdependency of literary genres. N. Allen Beaver College
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A keen synthesis of social history & literary criticism, this work presents both an historical examination of the structure of an early modern family & a new "domestic" understanding of George Herbert's poetry.
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What the Bront√ęs were to the nineteenth century, the family of poet George Herbert was to the seventeenth century -- an extraordinary domestic group that made familial struggles into the subjects of their art. Derived from an exhaustive reading of Herbert family manuscripts, this study interprets a series of texts that have never been studied together before. A keen synthesis of social history and literary criticism, it presents both a historical examination of the structure of an early modern family and a new "domestic" understanding of George Herbert's poetry.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Writing the Flesh: The Herbert Family Dialoguep. 1
Joining Contrary Realms: The "Generous Ambiguity" of Magdalen Herbertp. 33
"The Church-porch" and George Herbert's Family Advicep. 59
"Lovely enchanting language": Sir Henry Herbert and the Language of Courtshipp. 97
Comparing Fruits: Edward Herbert, Sonship, Sacrifice, and Timep. 119
Tempests in the Blood: Thomas Herbert's "The Storme ... from Plimmouth"p. 165
Religion on Tiptoe: Sir John Danvers, the Virginia Company, and "The Church Militant"p. 189
Magdalen Herbert's Table Guestsp. 223
Henry Herbert's Devotional Writingsp. 228
Thomas Herbert's "The Storme ... from Plimmouth"p. 233
Notesp. 237
Manuscriptsp. 244
Printed Books and Articlesp. 246
Indexp. 271
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