Popular Culture in England, 1500-1850 / Edition 1

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As scholarly interest in popular culture has grown, more and more British and American universities have been introducing courses in popular culture, now seen as an essential aspect of historical investigation. This volume answers the need for a book focusing on England (unlike Peter Burke's Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978), and over a broad time period (unlike Barry Reay's Popular Culture in Seventeenth-Century England (1985)), which will fulfil it's aim of appealing both to specialists and students coming new to the subject. Tim Harris has assembled a very strong team of contributors who will ensure a very lively and interesting collection of essays.

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Nine historians offer a critical evaluation of the concept of popular culture and the changing experiences of subaltern classes in England during the early modern period. Particular attention is paid to the importance of regional and cultural variations, the interaction between the "high" and the "low," the position of the middling sort (which makes any simple dichotomy between popular and elite problematic), and the precise cultural space occupied by women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312124649
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Problematising Popular Culture 1
2 Regional Cultures? Local Variations in Popular Culture during the Early Modern Period 28
3 The Gendering of Popular Culture in Early Modern England 48
4 Literacy and Literature in Popular Culture: Reading and Writing in Historical Perspective 69
5 From Reformation to Toleration: Popular Religious Cultures in England, 1540-1690 95
6 The People's Health in Georgian England 124
7 Women, Work and Cultural Change in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century London 143
8 Against Innovation? Custom and Resistance in the Workplace, 1700-1850 168
9 'Tacit, Unsuspected, but still Implicit Faith': Alternative Belief in Nineteenth-Century Rural England 189
Notes and References 216
Bibliography 270
Notes on Contributors 283
Index 285
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