Praise Disjoined

Changing Patterns of Salvation in 17th-Century English Literature

by Prof. William P. Shaw (Volume editor)
Others X, 306 Pages


Growing skepticism and rationalism contributed to the decline of religious enthusiasm in England in the seventeenth century, and time-honored notions about salvation and damnation became increasingly vitiated by secular, pragmatic concerns. This important collection of essays investigates the ways important writers of the age forcefully renegotiated their understanding of the terms of salvation and damnation, either affirming the old or accomodating some new understanding. After the Puritan Revolution had run its course, the end of the century witnessed a new consensus, one more deferential to individualism, utilitarianism, and secular millenarianism than to the hierarchical orders inherent in Christian feudalism and monarchy.


X, 306
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1991. X, 306 pp.

Biographical notes

Prof. William P. Shaw (Volume editor)

The Editor: William P. Shaw is Professor of English Literature at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Shaw received his Ph.D. from Ohio University and his B.A. from Boston College. He has published extensively on Shakespeare and Milton, and is presently a Commentary Editor for the Forthcoming Donne Variorum. Shaw is presently at work on a book dealing with Peter Brook's Shakespeare productions, as well as a translation of Robert Ellrodt's Les Poètes Métaphysiques Anglais.


Title: Praise Disjoined