Lines of Authority: Politics and English Literature Culture, 1649-1689

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"Lines of Authority is an important contribution to the study of seventeenth-century English literature and politics and provides an extremely fruitful model for further studies of Restoration texts."—Scott Campbell Lucas, Duke University, Renaissance Quarterly
Focusing on the turbulent years between the execution of Charles I and the triumph of William III, Zwicker reads English literature as a series of brilliant and deeply engaged polemical contests. He juxtaposes overtly polemical writings--pamphlets, broadsides, and ballads--with canonical works, including epic, historical verse, tragedy, and satire, in order to demonstrate how literature not only reflected on political action but also formed an important site of political exchange. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801483363
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Poetics 9
2 The King's Mead and the Politics of Literary Property: The Eikon Basilike and Eikonoklastes 37
3 Hunting and Angling: The Complete Angler and The First Anniversary 60
4 The Politics of Pleasure: Annus Mirabilis, The Last Instructions, Paradise Lost 90
5 Paternity, Patriarchy, and the "Noise of Divine Right": Absalom and Achitophel and Two Treatises of Government 130
6 Representing the Revolution: Don Sebastian and Williamite Panegyric 173
Conclusion 200
Notes 203
Index 247
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