Precarious Identities: Studies in the Work of Fulke Greville and Robert Southwell, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Precarious Identities

Studies in the Work of Fulke Greville and Robert Southwell, 1st Edition

Edited by Vassiliki Markidou, Afroditi-Maria Panaghis


312 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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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 amidst 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 influence of Greville and Southwell by tracing developments in cosmology, theology, literary conventions, political ideas, and religious dogmas.

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge

This series explores Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge (c.1400-c.1700) in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. The volumes published in this series study the individuals, communities and networks involved in making and communicating knowledge during the first age of globalization. Authors investigate the perceptions, practices and modes of behaviour which shaped Renaissance and Early Modern intellectual endeavour and examine the ways in which they reverberated in the political, cultural, social and economic sphere.

The series is interdisciplinary, comparative and global in its outlook. We welcome submissions from new as well as existing fields of Renaissance Studies, including the history of literature (including neo-Latin, European and non-European languages), science and medicine, religion, architecture, environmental and economic history, the history of the book, art history, intellectual history and the history of music. We are particularly interested in proposals that straddle disciplines and are innovative in terms of approach and methodology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 16th Century
RELIGION / History