Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England by Brooke Conti
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 240 pages)
I’m reading this one, along with some other books on early modern literature and religion, for a longer review essay. I’ll save the specifics for later, but in general, this is an excellent study of a distinctive genre of religious literature. Conti argues that the “confession of faith” is a unique product of the religious tensions in 17th century England. She makes her case well as she looks at autobiographical writings from John I, John Donne, John Milton, Thomas Browne, John Bunyan, and James II.