Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660

Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660

by Nigel Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300059744

ISBN-13: 9780300059748

Pub. Date: 08/28/1994

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300059748
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.54(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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