This collection examines the widespread phenomenon of hypocrisy in literary, theological, political, and social circles in England during the years after the Reformation and up to the Restoration. Bringing together current critical work on early modern subjectivity, performance, print history, and private and public identities and space, the collection provides readers with a way into the complexity of the term, by offering an overview of different forms of hypocrisy, including educational practice, social transaction, dramatic technique, distorted worship, female deceit, print controversy, and the performance of demonic possession. Together these approaches present an interdisciplinary examination of a term whose meanings have always been assumed, yet never fully outlined, despite the proliferation of publications on aspects of hypocrisy such as self-fashioning and disguise. Questions the chapters collectively pose include: how did hypocritical discourse conceal concerns relating to social status, gender roles, religious doctrine, and print culture? How was hypocrisy manifest materially? How did different literary genres engage with hypocrisy?
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Lucia Nigri and Naya Tsentou
- Hypocrisy, Dissimulation and Education for Civic Life in Pre-Revolutionary England
- Trading in Gratitude: John Donne’s Verse Epistles to His Patronesses
- Religious Hypocrisy in Performance: Roman Catholicism and The London Stage
- Flattery, Hypocrisy and Identity in Thomas of Woodstock
- "Come buy Lawn Sleeves": Linen and Material Hypocrisy in Milton’s Antiprelatical Tracts
- "Much like the picture of the Devill in a play": hypocrisy and demonic possession
ROSSANA M. SEBELLIN
Lucia Nigri is Lecturer of Early Modern English Literature at the University of Salford, Manchester.
Naya Tsentourou is Lecturer in Early Modern English at the University of Exeter.