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Milton and the Early Modern Culture of Devotion
Bodies at Prayer





ISBN 9780367887384
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
186 Pages

 
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Miton and Early Modern Devotional Culture analyses the representation of public and private prayer in John Milton’s poetry and prose, paying particular attention to the ways seventeenth-century prayer is imagined as embodied in sounds, gestures, postures, and emotional responses. Naya Tsentourou demonstrates Milton’s profound engagement with prayer, and how this is driven by a consistent and ardent effort to experience one’s address to God as inclusive of body and spirit and as loaded with affective potential. The book aims to become the first interdisciplinary study to show how Milton participates in and challenges early modern debates about authentic and insincere worship in public, set and spontaneous prayers in private, and gesture and voice in devotion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements





List of Abbreviations and Standard Editions





Introduction: "Pathetical Prayer"





Chapter 1 Dressing the Devotional Body



"A linnen Sock over it": Material Bodies in Church



Inventorying Dress



‘The ghost of a linen decency’



Shifting Bodies in Milton’s Mask





Chapter 2 "Stale and empty words": Consuming Prayers in Eikonoklastes



Subjects and Audiences in Liturgical Prayer



Prayer in the King’s Closet



"Wholesome Words" and Manna



Feeling and Eating Prayers





Chapter 3 Hymns, Sighs, and the Materiality of Prayer in Paradise Lost



Prayer in Hymns



Singing Prayers



Prayer in Sighs



Sighs, Groans, and Agency





Chapter 4 "As one who pray’d": The Iconoclastic Prayer of Samson Agonistes



Samson’s Posture



Samson’s Rhetoric



Samson’s Violent Prayer





Epilogue

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Biography

Naya Tsentourou is currently Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, Penryn. She has research interests in Milton and religious lyric, as well as Shakespeare and the history of emotions. She has co-edited the collection Forms of Hypocrisy in Early Modern England (forthcoming with Routledge) with Lucia Nigri.