Henry Constable: The Complete Poems (Studies and Texts) (Hardcover)

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Henry Constable: The Complete Poems (Studies and Texts) (Hardcover)


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Elizabethan poet Henry Constable (1562-1613), a Protestant-born Catholic convert, is a fascinating case study in how religious and political preoccupations could drive the learned across the unstable confessional divide. He threw over an early career of government service to work towards the return of England to the Catholic fold, and this dramatic change of course was accompanied by a turn to spiritual matters in his poetry. Under the weight of the Protestant-Whig narrative of English history, Constable was long dismissed as a minor poet, a Catholic traitor, or both, and his achievements have tended to be overlooked. His writings illustrate a journey through the confessional spectrum, revealing unresolved tensions between the public and the private, hope and disillusion, the secular and the religious.

This book provides a new comprehensive critical edition of Constable's sonnets that returns to the primary sources -- some of them newly discovered. It rests on extensive first-hand collation, a concern with material aspects and the circumstances of textual production and transmission, and a sound grasp of the intellectual and cultural contexts. It offers readable, uncluttered texts alongside a complete textual apparatus and notes. Along with an updated biography and a study of the sonnet collections, the introduction provides an authoritative revision of the canon of Constable's poetry and an overview of its critical reception.

This volume will be of interest not only to literary scholars but also to political and cultural historians working on early modern England and France and on the growing area of transnational English Catholicism.

Maria Jesus Perez-Jauregui received her doctorate in 2014 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of English and North-American Literature at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. Her research focuses on early modern poetry, sonnet-writing in particular, and the influence of religion on literary works, with special regard to lesser-known authors. The poetry of Henry Constable has long been a focus of her work, and is exemplified in her contributions to journals such as SEDERI, English Studies, and Studies in Philology, as well as various collected volumes. Her most recent essay is devoted to the notion of grace and the rewriting of the poetic careers of Constable and Barnabe Barnes
Product Details ISBN: 9780888442321
ISBN-10: 0888442327
Publisher: PIMS
Publication Date: September 15th, 2023
Pages: 484
Language: English
Series: Studies and Texts