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Jesuits and print: the polemical example of John Hay

Lamal, Nina and Machielsen, Jan ORCID: 2023. Jesuits and print: the polemical example of John Hay. Journal of Jesuit Studies 10 (3) , pp. 405-418. 10.1163/22141332-10030001

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This introductory article employs the Scottish Jesuit John Hay as a starting point for a wider exploration of the relationship between Jesuits and print, the theme of this special issue. Hay demonstrates how important print could be to a Jesuit’s self-worth and identity. In this, as contemporary catalogs of Jesuit publications attest, he was not alone, but he was a controversial outlier. Hay’s superiors prevented him from continuing a vociferous polemical exchange and appeared to guide him towards a more suitable subject: translations of missionary reports. Hay’s career in print points to the importance of geography and context in shaping Jesuit publications, and to the conflicts between individual authorial projects and institutional restraints. His example shows above all that the commonplace equation of Jesuits with print requires urgent historical investigation. The essays presented here seek to remedy this oversight by paying attention to Jesuits as authors, printers, and readers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
Publisher: Brill
ISSN: 2214-1332
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 June 2023
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2023 09:15

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