“And the Lord’s power was over all”:Calvinist anxiety, sacred confidence, and George Fox’s journal

Hinds, Hilary (2008) “And the Lord’s power was over all”:Calvinist anxiety, sacred confidence, and George Fox’s journal. ELH: English Literary History, 75 (4). pp. 841-870. ISSN 0013-8304

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Abstract

This essay investigates the starkly contrasting affective states of seventeenth-century spiritual subjects. Whilst the self-inscriptions of Calvinists such as John Bunyan are characterised by an unassuagable anxiety, the Journal of the founder of the Quaker movement, George Fox, charts his transition from a position of anxiety to an equally overwhelming and unshakeable spiritual, social and subjective confidence. Locating its argument in relation to the critical debates about early modern masculinity and the specificities of Quaker doctrine, it concludes that Fox’s confidence is rooted in a heteronomous subjectivity predicated on the Quaker theological cornerstone of the indwelling Christ.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: ELH: English Literary History
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1208
Subjects:
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > English & Creative Writing
ID Code: 54163
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 16 May 2012 10:14
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 06:08
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54163

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