Reading Revolutions: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England

Reading Revolutions: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England

by Kevin Sharpe, Sharpe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300081529

ISBN-13: 9780300081527

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this book Sharpe charts the reading of one seventeenth-century gentleman, using a spectacular archive (Huntington Library CA, Folger Library DC, London University) of 50 volumes of his reading notes from the 1620s to the 1660s; the book investigates how through his negotiations with books he came to 'fashion' himself socially and politically. In doing so he…  See more details below

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In this book Sharpe charts the reading of one seventeenth-century gentleman, using a spectacular archive (Huntington Library CA, Folger Library DC, London University) of 50 volumes of his reading notes from the 1620s to the 1660s; the book investigates how through his negotiations with books he came to 'fashion' himself socially and politically. In doing so he advocates the need for a broader understanding of 'political thought' and civil identity, calling for interdisciplinary study and closer correlation between theory and archival scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300081527
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Preface to the Reader viii
Acknowledgements x
List of Abbreviations
xiii
Part One LEARNING TO READ
Reading in Early Modern England
3(62)
Returning to the Renaissance
3(8)
Representations and Texts
11(16)
Writing and Authority
27(7)
Pursuing the Reader
34(31)
Part Two READING EARLY STUART ENGLAND
Reading and Politics in Early Stuart England: The Mental World of Sir William Drake
65(56)
Starting to Read
65(4)
The Commonplace Books of Sir William Drake
69(7)
Records of Reading
76(13)
Reading and Character
89(6)
Reading before the Storm
95(26)
Reading and Writing Self and Society: Sir William Drake and the English Civil War
121(46)
The Journal and the Agenda
121(9)
Fashioning the Self
130(7)
Reading Politics
137(21)
Appendix: William Drake's Parliamentary Notebook
158(9)
Part Three READING AND REVOLUTION
Reading Revolutions
167(90)
Reading in Conflict
167(13)
Strategies of Reading
180(25)
Values for Self and Society
205(14)
Scripts for State
219(30)
Reading Restoration
249(4)
Appendix: Sir William Drake and The Long Parliament Revived
253(4)
Part Four READING AND POLITICS
The Politics of Reading and the Reading of Politics in Early Modern England
257(84)
Reviewing the Case: Sir William Drake as Reader and Annotator
257(12)
Contextualising the Case: William Drake and Early Modern Readers
269(1)
Returning to the Reader
270(37)
Reading in the Culture
307(19)
Reading as Politics
326(15)
Afterword: Possibilities 341(3)
Index 344

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