The Making of Restoration Poetry

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This book explores the complex ways in which authors, publishers, and readers contributed to the making of Restoration poetry. The essays in Part I map some principal aspects of Restoration poetic culture: how poetic canons were established through both print and manuscript; how censorship operated within the manuscript transmission of erotic and politically sensitive poems; the poetic functions of authorial anonymity; the work of allusion and intertextual reference; the translation and adaptation of classical ...
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Overview

This book explores the complex ways in which authors, publishers, and readers contributed to the making of Restoration poetry. The essays in Part I map some principal aspects of Restoration poetic culture: how poetic canons were established through both print and manuscript; how censorship operated within the manuscript transmission of erotic and politically sensitive poems; the poetic functions of authorial anonymity; the work of allusion and intertextual reference; the translation and adaptation of classical poetry; and the poetic representations of Charles II. Part II turns to individual poets, and charts the making of Dryden's canon; the ways in which Mac Flecknoe operates through intertextual allusions; the relationship of the variant texts of Marvell's "To his Coy Mistress"; and the treatment of Rochester's canon and text by his modern editors. The discussions are complemented by illustrations drawn from both printed books and manuscripts. PAUL HAMMOND is Professor of Seventeenth-Century Literature at the University of Leeds.
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This is a superb study that not only recreates the conditions of writing and readership in the Restoration period, revealing the persistence of modern assumptions about authorial primacy, but also opens up broader issues of the nature of poetry as text, woven from the interaction of author, reader, and community. MODERN PHILOLOGY The textual, material and political archaeologies on which this innovative study is predicated will be highly significant for scholars of this period. TLS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843840749
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Series: Studies in Renaissance Literature, #16
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : poetry, the public, and the private
Pt. I The making of restoration poetic culture
1 The restoration poetic canon 3
2 Censorship and the manuscript transmission of restoration poetry 28
3 Anonymity in restoration poetry 49
4 Intertextuality in restoration poetry 73
5 Classical texts : translations and transformations 89
6 The king's two bodies : representations of Charles II 107
Pt. II The making of authors and texts
7 The circulation of Dryden's poetry 139
8 Flecknoe and Mac Flecknoe 168
9 Marvell's coy mistresses 180
10 Rochester and his editors 190
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