The Cambridge Companion to Writing of the English Revolution / Edition 1

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Overview

This collection of fifteen essays by leading scholars examines the extraordinary diversity and richness of the writing produced in response to, and as part of, the upheaval in the religious, political and cultural life of the nation which constituted the English Revolution. Essays explore the course of events, intellectual trends and the publishing industry; the work of canonical figures such as Milton, Marvell, Bunyan and Clarendon; women's writing, lyric poetry and fictional and non-fictional prose. A full chronology, detailed guides to further reading and glossary are included.
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"Collectively, these essays represent revisionist history at its best, because the innovative views their authors expound challenge previous assumptions and point to future lines of inquiry...Very highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty." CHOICE

"The standard of these essyas is impeccable, and they fit together to yield a satisfying whole." Renaissance Quarterly

"This book ably demonstrates the range of literary forms during the mid-seventeenth century, from the ephemeral to the canonical, and from the published to the unpublished." Seventeenth Century News

"All in all, this is a useful volume." Albion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521645225
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Chronologies
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The causes and course of the British Civil Wars 13
2 Ideas in conflict: political and religious thought during the English Revolution 32
3 Texts in conflict: the press and the Civil War 50
4 Radical pamphleteering 71
5 Milton's prose and the Revolution 87
6 Andrew Marvell and the Revolution 107
7 Women's poetry 127
8 Women's histories 148
9 Prophecy, enthusiasm and female pamphleteers 162
10 Royalist lyric 181
11 Prayer-book devotion: the literature of the proscribed episcopal church 198
12 Royalist epic and romance 215
13 The English Revolution and English historiography 233
14 Paradise Lost from Civil War to Restoration 251
15 Bunyan and the Holy War 268
Historical glossary 286
Index 291
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