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Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Simon Ditchfield and Helen Smith (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Under the combined effects of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations within and pressure from the Ottoman Empire without, early modern Europe became a site in which an unprecedented number of ... More


Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance

Dennis Austin Britton

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823257140
eISBN:
9780823261482
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257140.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The infidel-conversion motif—in which Jews and Muslims convert to Christianity—is a staple of romance narratives by Roman Catholic writers in medieval and early modern Europe. Baptisms and ... More


Flesh and Spirit: An anthology of seventeenth-century women's writing

Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719090233
eISBN:
9781781707166
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719090233.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This anthology makes accessible to readers ten little-known and understudied works by seventeenth-century women (edited from manuscript and print) that explore the relationship between spiritual and ... More


Gender and reproduction in the Spirituall experiences

Abigail Shinn

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explores how female authority is connected to the reproduction of religious experience in The Spirituall experiences of sundry beleevers, the first anthology of conversion narratives to ... More


Tolstoy’s Confession: What Am I?

Irina Paperno

in "Who, What Am I?": Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453342
eISBN:
9780801454967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453342.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter studies Tolstoy's Confession (1882) as well as his subsequent religious treatises. As a classic conversion narrative, Tolstoy's Confession achieves a paradoxical effect: it creates a ... More


Roots and Transcendence

Christy Wampole

in Rootedness: The Ramifications of a Metaphor

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226317656
eISBN:
9780226317793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317793.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter argues that conceptions of spiritual and intellectual transcendence in European thought are predicated on rootedness. Beginning with Plato’s Timaeus, the human has been imagined ... More


Introduction

Simon Ditchfield and Helen Smith

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The introduction explores existing scholarship on conversion and on the interrelationships between gender and religious experience in early modern Europe. It argues for the need to consider masculine ... More


To piety or conversion more prone? Gender and conversion in the early modern Mediterranean

Eric Dursteler

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines religious identity, and in particular conversion, in the early modern Mediterranean through the prism of gender. It surveys attitudes towards women’s religiosity and their ... More


The quiet conversion of a ‘Jewish’ woman in eighteenth-century Spain

David Graizbord

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The conversion of Jews to Christianity in late medieval and early modern times was often accompanied by acrimony, and in several cases by violence. Less acrimonious conversions of Jews from the same ... More


‘A father to the soul and a son to the body’: gender and generation in Robert Southwell’s Epistle to his father

Hannah Crawforth

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In an ‘Epistle to his Father’, the Jesuit priest and poet Robert Southwell signs himself ‘Your most dutiful and loving son’. Dutiful it may be, but loving this letter certainly is not. Southwell ... More


‘The needle may convert more than the pen’: women and the work of conversion in early modern England

Claire Canavan and Helen Smith

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter opens by establishing women's centrality to the religious life of the household and community, and, in particular, their work as model converts and proselytisers. It argues that women’s ... More


Uneven conversions: how did laywomen become nuns in the early modern world?

Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Accustomed as we are to the presence of nuns in the religious landscape of early modern Europe, we imagine a straightforward trajectory by which secular women who entered a convent took vows and ... More


Domus humilis: the conversion of Venetian convent architecture and identity

Saundra Weddle

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Although the monastic principle of poverty had, for centuries, been intended to guide the architectural development of monasteries and convents, the 1260 Franciscan General Chapter of Narbonne took ... More


Converting the soundscape of women’s rituals, 1470–1560: purification, candles, and the Inviolata as music for churching

Jane D. Hatter

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

There was only one ceremony or blessing in the late Medieval Catholic rite that was reserved for laywomen -- the ritual purification or churching of a woman after childbirth. Despite the ... More


Narrating women’s Catholic conversions in seventeenth-century Vietnam

Keith P. Luria

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the conversion of seventeenth-century Vietnamese women to Catholicism and the narration of their conversions in the accounts of European missionaries. In Annam (as early-modern ... More


‘I wish to be no other but as he’: Persia, masculinity, and conversion in early-seventeenth-century travel writing and drama

Chloë Houston

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In classical descriptions, Persians and their rulers are seen as being given to both tyranny and femininity; early modern Europe thus inherited a view of Persia in which the performance of religious ... More


Whatever happened to Dinah the Black? And other questions about gender, race, and the visibility of Protestant saints

Kathleen Lynch

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In The Exceeding Riches of Grace, “Dinah the Black” is listed among the witnesses who can attest to the veracity of Henry Jessey’s account of Sarah Wight’s prophetic trances in the spring and summer ... More


Afterword

Matthew Dimmock

in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099151
eISBN:
9781526121059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099151.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In the new geo-political circumstances that developed in the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR, and in particular the new prominence of a widely perceived antagonism between Islam and ‘the West’, ... More


Not Turning the Ethiope White

Dennis Austin Britton

in Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823257140
eISBN:
9780823261482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257140.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The introduction suggests that exploration into Reformation theology can help flesh out an underexplained truism in early modern race studies: the inextricable link between race and religion. The ... More


. Infidel Texts and Errant Sexuality: Translation, Reading, and Conversion in Harington’s Orlando Furioso

Dennis Austin Britton

in Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823257140
eISBN:
9780823261482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257140.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Chapter 3 considers John Harington’s distinctly Protestant translation of Ludovico Ariosto’s epic romance, Orlando Furioso. It suggests that Harington’s translation gained legitimacy by creating a ... More


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