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Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660 / Edition 1
     

Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660 / Edition 1

by Nigel Smith
 

ISBN-10: 0300071531

ISBN-13: 9780300071535

Pub. Date: 06/25/1997

Publisher: Yale University Press

The years of the British Civil War and Interregnum constituted a turning point not only in the political, social, and religious history of seventeenth-century England but also in the use and meaning of English language and literature. Smith examines literary output from the age from Milton's Paradise Lost to epics and romances, to psalms and hymns. This highly

Overview

The years of the British Civil War and Interregnum constituted a turning point not only in the political, social, and religious history of seventeenth-century England but also in the use and meaning of English language and literature. Smith examines literary output from the age from Milton's Paradise Lost to epics and romances, to psalms and hymns. This highly original book explores the effect of politics on the practice of writing and the impact of literature on patterns of historical change.

"Whether dealing with gallant love-lyrics by Herrick or Lovelace or with a major work of the order of Hobbes's Leviathan or Paradise Lost, Smith shows the same sensitivity to inner tensions and topical resonances. He has done a signal service to all students of this watershed period."-Anthony Curtis, Financial Times

"A valuable new study. . . . [This] well-researched book provides an impressive survey of the period's varied literature and shows how its generic innovations were a creative response to the crises of the 1640s and 50s. . . . Thanks to Smith, we now have a richer, more complete account of the ways literature and political culture interacted during this unsettled age of civil war, reformation and revolution."-David Loewenstein, Times Literary Supplement

"Cogently and with a daunting range of examples, Smith demonstrates how "Smith takes a relatively overlooked period in England's literary history . . . and reminds us of its vitality and centrality. His theory, which is solid if not profound, asserts a peculiar correspondence between art and society. Smith's work is important simply because of its intense focus on this tumultuous period in literary and social history."-Virginia Quarterly Review

"An impressive and gracefully written book which cannot help but enlighten its readers."-D. R. Woolf, Canadian Journal of History

Nigel Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Keble College, Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300071535
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/25/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
x(1)
Preface xi(2)
Abbreviations xiii(2)
Note to the Paperback Edition xv
Introduction: Dissent Refracted: Text, Genre and Society 1640-60 1(20)
PART I Writing, Publishing and Reading in the War 21(72)
CHAPTER 1 Unstable Parameters
23(31)
The Conditions of Writing
23(12)
Production and Circulation
23(3)
Communication and Authority: The Public Sphere
26(6)
A New Kind of Author
32(3)
Style Wars: Forms Confused
35(19)
Rhetoric and the Pamphlet Wars
35(9)
Representation and Interpretation
44(6)
War Writing
50(4)
CHAPTER 2 Public Fora
54(39)
What is the News?
54(16)
Theatres Transprosed: The Career of Drama in the English Revolution
70(23)
PART II Rhetoric, Politics and Religion 93(108)
CHAPTER 3 The Meaning of the Centre
95(35)
Juggling Models: Parliamentary and Monarchical Apology
98(16)
The King: In and Out of Parliament
98(8)
Absolutely the King
106(4)
Posthumously Iconic
110(4)
The Holy Commonwealth and the Breaking of Forms
114(16)
Cement in the Body
114(4)
Bishops, Presbyters and Puritans
118(3)
Toleration: Cracks in the Mortar
121(2)
The Grand Puritan Sublime
123(4)
All Alone
127(3)
CHAPTER 4 Discourse from Below: The Levellers, the City and the Army
130(24)
Urban Drama
130(12)
The Uses of Books
142(6)
Levellers Republicanised
148(6)
CHAPTER 5 Political Theory as Aesthetics: Hobbes, Harrington, Winstanley
154(23)
Hobbes's Body
155(8)
Harrington's Commonwealth
163(9)
'Action is the life of all'
172(5)
CHAPTER 6 The Free State in Letters: Republicanism Comes Out
177(24)
Approximate Discourses
178(4)
The Free State Speaks
182(14)
The Republican Advance
196(5)
PART III Mythologising Calamity: Genres in Revolution 201(156)
CHAPTER 7 Heroic Work
203(47)
Epic Divides; Heroic Diatribes
203(30)
Epics for Civil Wars
203(9)
The Heroic Republic
212(6)
Creating Interiority
218(5)
Prophetic Resolutions
223(10)
Mr Hobbes in Love: The Quest for Real Romance
233(17)
The End of Arcadia
234(5)
Interlude and Exile
239(2)
French Confessions
241(5)
Republican Romance
246(4)
CHAPTER 8 The Instrumentality of Lyrics
250(45)
The Lyric in the Republic
250(10)
Battle Hymns of the Republic
260(16)
Two War Genres
276(19)
Panegyric
277(10)
Elegy
287(8)
CHAPTER 9 Satire: Whose Property?
295(25)
Marprelate Revived
297(7)
Satire and 'Popular Culture'
304(13)
A Great Forgetting
317(3)
CHAPTER 10 Calamity as Narrative
320(37)
On the Land: Landscape, Pastoral, Piscatorial
320(16)
The View from Up Here
320(7)
In the Field, By the Stream
327(9)
'I was there': History as Imagined Present
336(21)
Historiographical Revolutions
337(5)
Print, Oratory and the Classics
342(9)
Myth-Making
351(6)
Conclusion 357(8)
Notes 365(38)
Index 403

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