Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart State

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Andrew McRae examines the relationship between literature and politics at a pivotal moment in English history. McRae argues that the most influential and incisive political satire in this period may be found in manuscript libels, scurrilous pamphlets, and a range of other material written and circulated under the threat of censorship. Satire provided crucial resources through which early Stuart writers could define new models of political identity and construct new discourses of...

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Overview

Andrew McRae examines the relationship between literature and politics at a pivotal moment in English history. McRae argues that the most influential and incisive political satire in this period may be found in manuscript libels, scurrilous pamphlets, and a range of other material written and circulated under the threat of censorship. Satire provided crucial resources through which early Stuart writers could define new models of political identity and construct new discourses of dissent.

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"...McRae excellently shows how satirical discourse defined and helped to create political divisions." SEL Studies in English Literature, Achsah Guibbory, Recent Studies in the English Renaissance

"...a wonderful book..." Seventeenth-Century News

"This is historically informed criticism that nonetheless retains a keen eye for the habits and patterns of teh words used by the writers it studies. By making available such an important body of primary materials for the study of politics, textuality and culture, Early Stuart Liberals open-handly extended an invitation to otehr researchers; Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart State will offer those new to that field not only a learned and approachable guide, but, beyond that, a model of how these texts interact with one another and the richly described cultures within which Mcrae situates them." Early Modern Literary Studies Tom Lockwood, University of Birmingham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521100427
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2009
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew McRae is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Exeter. He is the author of God Speed the Plough: the Representation of Agrarian England, 1500–1660 (Cambridge, 1996) and Renaissance Drama (2003), and co-editor of The Writing of Rural England 1500–1800 (2003).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Conventions
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Personal Politics
1 The culture of early Stuart libelling 23
2 Contesting identities: libels and the early Stuart politician 51
Pt. II Public Politics
3 Freeing the tongue and the heart: satire and the political subject 85
4 Discourses of discrimination: political satire in the 1620s 114
Pt. III The Politics of Division
5 Satire and sycophancy: Richard Corbett and early Stuart royalism 155
6 Stigmatizing Prynne: puritanism and politics in the 1630s 188
Epilogue: early Stuart satire and the Civil War 208
Bibliography 225
Index 245
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