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Precarious Identities
Studies in the Work of Fulke Greville and Robert Southwell

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ISBN 9781032083902
June 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
290 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book investigates the construction of identity and the precarity of the self in the work of the Calvinist Fulke Greville (1554–1628) and the Jesuit Robert Southwell (1561–1595). For the first time, a collection of original essays unites them with the aim to explore their literary production. The essays collected here define these authors’ efforts to forge themselves as literary, religious, and political subjects amid a shifting politico-religious landscape. They highlight the authors’ criticism of the court and underscore similarities and differences in thought, themes, and style. Altogether, the essays in this volume demonstrate the developments in cosmology, theology, literary conventions, political ideas, and religious dogmas, and trace their influence in the oeuvre of Greville and Southwell.

Table of Contents


Vassiliki Markidou and Afroditi-Maria Panaghis


Calvinist Statesman, Jesuit Martyr: The Worlds of Fulke Greville and Robert Southwell

Sarah Covington

Part I: Fulke Greville (1554-1628)

1. "Freedom Among the Dead": Greville’s Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney

Alison Findlay

2. Reading Might Make Us Know: Vulcan’s Brothers and Myra’s Posies in Greville’s Cælica

Elizabeth Mazzola

3. "The Mind of Man is this worlds true dimension": Space, Knowledge, and the Divine in Fulke Greville’s A Treatie of Humane Learning and A Treatise of Religion

Rachel White

4. Duality and Aporia in Greville’s Political Writings

Robert Appelbaum

5. Monarchy and Patriarchy in Fulke Greville’s Mustapha

Brian Cummings

6. "A voyce cries out; Reuenge and Liberty": Republicanism and Gender in Fulke Greville’s Alaham

Vassiliki Markidou

Part II: Robert Southwell (1561-1595)

7. "This pompe is prizèd there": Southwell’s Challenge to Courtly Identities in "New Prince, New Pompe"

Theresa Kenney

8. Complaint as Reconciliation in the Literary Mission of Robert Southwell

Emily A. Ransom

9. Robert Southwell’s Articulation of Self-Fashioning

Afroditi-Maria Panaghis

10. Southwell’s Influence: Imitations, Appropriations, Reactions

Alison Shell


Vassiliki Markidou and Afroditi-Maria Panaghis

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Vassiliki Markidou is Assistant Professor in English Literature and Culture at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Afroditi-Maria Panaghis is Emerita Professor of English at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.