George Herbert and the Mystery of the Word

Poetry and Scripture in Seventeenth-Century England

Authors: Kuchar, Gary

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    • First sustained study of George Herbert’s work in light of post-revisionist historiography.
    • Examines Herbert's response to tensions and pressures distinct to seventeenth-century English Protestantism.
    • Provides a view of how and why a mature biblical poetics first emerged in early Stuart England. 

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This book presents a historically and critically nuanced study of George Herbert's biblical poetics. Situating Herbert's work in the context of shifting ideas of biblical mystery, Gary Kuchar shows how Herbert negotiated two competing impulses within post-reformation thought—two contrary aspects of reformation spirituality as he inherited it: the impulse to certainty, assurance, and security and the impulse to mystery, wonder, and wise ignorance. Through subtle and richly contextualized readings, Kuchar places Herbert within a trans-historical tradition of biblical interpretation while also locating him firmly within the context of the early Stuart church. The result is a wide ranging book that is sure to be of interest to students and scholars across several different fields, including seventeenth-century studies, poetry and the bible, and literature and theology. 

About the authors

Gary Kuchar is Associate Professor of English at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is the author of Divine Subjection: The Rhetoric of Sacramental Devotion in Early Modern England; The Poetry of Religious Sorrow in Early Modern England; and co-editor of The Return to Theory in Early Modern English Studies Vol. 2.

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“This is a book rife with gems of conceptual, interpretive, and historical insight. … it is a valuable rethinking of the complexity of the English Reformation, as well as a welcome broadening of our understanding of what literary responses to doctrinal matters can entail.” (Ryan Netzley, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 57 (4), October, 2018)

“The diverse scope of the book, ranging from reformation theology and biblical exegesis to natural philosophy and critical theory, makes it of interest not only to graduate students and academics working on Herbert, but to anyone interested in the philosophical debates of biblical reception and interpretation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. … George Herbert and the Mystery of the Word is a striking piece of scholarship, expertly written, and wide-ranging in its implications for Herbert studies … .” (Naya Tsentourou, Modern Language Review, Vol.113 (2), April, 2018)
“An essential inclusion on any Herbert bibliography … . The ultimate payoff of George Herbert and the Mystery of the Word is not just a deep sense of Herbert’s commitment to mystery, but the realization that this may be a root cause of the blossoming of seventeenth-century religious poetry. … I will be rereading and thinking about this impressive book for some time, as I’m sure will anyone else interested in Herbert, seventeenth-century English religious literature, or seventeenth-century religion more broadly.” (Hannibal Hamlin, George Herbert Journal, Vol. 40 (1+2), Fall 2016/ Spring 2017)

“By establishing George Herbert’s position within a hermeneutic tradition to which the idea of mystery is central, Kuchar generates a fresh understanding of how Herbert’s writings responded to the challenges of their historical moment – and of what they might mean for ours.” (Ken Graham, University of Waterloo, Canada)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
George Herbert and the Mystery of the Word
Book Subtitle
Poetry and Scripture in Seventeenth-Century England
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44045-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44045-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44044-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82968-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 288
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