John N. Wall

John N. Wall is Professor of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the author of Transformations of the Word: Spenser, Herbert, Vaughan (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1988), editor of George Herbert: The Country Parson, The Temple (New York: Paulist Press, 1981), and numerous articles on early modern religious literature. He currently holds the Hurford Fellowship at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

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Transforming the Object of our Study: The Early Modern Sermon and the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project

Scholars of early modern England have recently begun to pay more attention to sermons. (McCullough, Adlington, Rhatigan 2011). Scholars have recognized that in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as Jeanne Shami has put it,  sermons were “the mass media of their day,” providing their listeners with reports of “breaking news,” while satisfying “appetites for  .  .  .  entertainment, social interaction, politics, and, of course, religious education” (Shami 2011, 323).

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