Book Launch Celebrates Abe Stoll's New Book

TOPICS: Faculty and Staff

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

On October 30, 2017, in the USD Humanities Center, a book launch celebrated Dr. Abraham Stoll’s new book, Conscience in Early Modern English Literature. A reception followed his reading.  Event was co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Department of English.

Abraham Stoll, PhD, is a Professor and Chair of the English Department, and Affiliated Faculty in the Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, teaching Shakespeare and serving as dramaturg. Stoll specializes in the Renaissance and early modern periods. He will be discussing his latest book, Conscience in Early Modern English Literature (September 2017, Cambridge University Press).

Conscience in Early Modern English Literature describes how poetry, theology, and politics intersect in the early modern conscience. In the wake of the Reformation, theologians attempt to understand how the faculty works, poets attempt to capture the experience of being in its grip, and revolutionaries to assert its authority for political action. The result, Abraham Stoll argues, is a dynamic scene of conscience in England, thick with the energies of salvation and subjectivity, and influential in the public sphere of Civil War politics. Stoll explores how Shakespeare, Spenser, Herbert, and Milton stage the inward experience of conscience. He links these poetic scenes to Luther, Calvin, and English Reformation theology, and to the public discourses of conscience in the toleration debates, among Levellers, and in the prose of Hobbes and Milton. In the literature of the early modern conscience, Protestant subjectivity evolves toward the political subject of modern liberalism.” From

Congratulations, Dr. Stoll!



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