Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone World$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kathleen Lynch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199643936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643936.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 December 2020

No self is an island

No self is an island

The validations of autobiographical truths

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction: No self is an island
Source:
Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone World
Author(s):

Kathleen Lynch

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643936.003.0001

Protestant Autobiography takes it as axiomatic that autobiography is an act, not a form. The introduction reorients scholarly examinations of the social acts of first-person articulations of religious experience in two ways: towards an Atlantic worldview and towards reception and its attendant acts of validation, endorsement, and the building of communal identities, all aspects of the reading of examinations of the self for signs of election. The book’s subject is not conversion between Catholicism and Protestantism or from Christian to Islam, but conversion in what might seem to be a narrow definition—within Protestantism, from a conventional practice of religion to experiential religion. A case study of Richard Norwood’s Confessions anchors a synchronic view of the diaspora of religious dissent and the regulations of religion and the book trade.

Keywords:   autobiography, Richard Norwood, Atlantic world, regulation of religion, regulation of the book trade, experiential religion

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .