The Christ Child on Fire: Southwell's Mighty Babe

  title={The Christ Child on Fire: Southwell's Mighty Babe},
  author={Theresa M. Kenney},
  journal={English Literary Renaissance},
  pages={415 - 445}
The image of the Proleptic Passion – the Christ Child bearing the wounds of the crucifixion—figures in Robert Southwell's representation of time and immediacy, that is, his temporal rhetoric. This image was ceasing to be conventional in his lifetime because of Reformation attitudes toward the Eucharist and toward the mimetic possibilities of poetry itself; thus, Southwell's use of it harkens back to medieval traditions. In the “Burning Babe” and “New Heaven, New Warre,” the governing images… Expand
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