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Walsingham and the English Imagination

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Drawing on history, art history, literary criticism and theory, gender studies, theology and psychoanalysis, this interdisciplinary study analyzes the cultural significance of the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham, medieval England's most significant pilgrimage site devoted to the Virgin Mary, which was revived in the twentieth century, and in 2006 voted Britain's favorite religious site. Covering Walsingham's origins, destruction, and transformations from the Middle Ages to the present, Gary Waller pursues his investigation not through a standard history but by analyzing the "invented traditions" and varied re-creations of Walsingham by the "English imagination"- poems, fiction, songs, ballads, musical compositions and folk legends, solemn devotional writings and hostile satire which Walsingham has inspired, by Protestants, Catholics, and religious skeptics alike. They include, in early modern England, Erasmus, Ralegh, Sidney, and Shakespeare; then, during Walsingham's long "protestantization" from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, ballad revivals, archeological investigations, and writings by Agnes Strickland, Edmund Waterton, and Hopkins; and in the modern period, writers like Eliot, Charles Williams, Robert Lowell, and A.N. Wilson. The concluding chapter uses contemporary feminist theology to view Walsingham not just as a symbol of nostalgia but a place inviting spiritual change through its potential sexual and gender transformation.

Table of Contents

Historical imagination: the invented tradition of Our Lady of Walsingham — Gynotheological imagination: the Virgin's body and the alternate mariologies of late medieval Walsingham — Walsingham's Chaucer: Erasmus's Peregrinatio religionis ergo — "As you came from Walsingham": Walsingham in poetry and music after the Dissolution — The Protestantization of Walsingham — Walsingham's Victorian Chaucer: Agnes Strickland's The pilgrims of Walsingham — Re-Catholicization: Walsingham in literature from Hopkins and Waterton to A.N. Wilson — Alternate, post-modern, feminist Mary(es)? Imagining Walsingham today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781409405108
Publisher:
Ashgate
Subject:
Religion : Sexuality & Gender Studies
Author:
Waller, Gary
Author:
Waller, Gary Fredric
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Literary Criticism : English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Art : Subjects & Themes - Religious
Subject:
English literature - History and criticism
Subject:
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literat
Publication Date:
May 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
250

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