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Literary Criticism Renaissance

An Elegant and Learned Discourse of the Light of Nature

by (author) Nathaniel Culverwell

edited by Robert Greene & Hugh MacCallum

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1971
Renaissance, Renaissance, Rationalism, Renaissance, 17th Century, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, 17th Century
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Composed in a period of religious and political upheaval, Culverwell's Discourse of the Light of Nature is an imaginative statement of the teachings of Christian humanism concerning the nature and limits of human reason and the related concepts of natural and divine law. The lengthy introduction to this new critical edition throws light on the evolution of English rationalism in the seventeenth century, and the annotation establishes for the first time the full range of Culverwell's sources – classical, medieval, and Renaissance – and enables the reader to appreciate his manner of citing authority and handling illustration.


(Department of English Studies and Texts 17)

About the authors

Nathaniel Culverwell (1619-1651) was an English author and theologian, born in Middlesex. He was also a student and later a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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Robert A. Greene was a member of the faculty of the University of Toronto as a professor of English at University College.

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Hugh R. MacCallum (1928-2008) was a professor emeritus of English at the University of Toronto, University College.

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