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Reformation Fictions: Polemical Protestant Dialogues in Elizabethan England

Antoinina Bevan Zlatar


This book seeks to rehabilitate some twenty polemical dialogues published in Elizabethan England, for the first time giving them a literary, historicist and, to a lesser extent, theological reading. By juxtaposing these Elizabethan publications with key Lutheran and Calvinist dialogues, theological tracts, catechisms, sermons and interludes, the book explores how individual dialogists exploit the fictionality of their chosen genre. Writers like John Véron, Anthony Gilby, George Gifford, John Nicholls, and Job Throckmorton, to name the most prolific, not only understood the dialogue’s didactic ... More

Keywords: Protestant polemical dialogues, early modern genre theory, Erasmian satire, Protestant rhetoric, anti-Catholic invective, anti-Episcopalian invective, popular Elizabethan literature, puritan polemic, John Véron, Anthony Gilby, George Gifford, John Nicholls, Job Throckmorton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, author
Lecturer in early modern English literature, University of Zürich