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Reading Revolutions: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England
     

Reading Revolutions: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England

by Kevin Sharpe
 

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ISBN-10: 0300187181

ISBN-13: 9780300187182

Pub. Date: 03/07/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

This fascinating book - the first comprehensive study of reading and politics in early modern England - examines how texts of that period were produced and disseminated and how readers interpreted and were influenced by them. Based on the voluminous reading notes of one gentleman, Sir William Drake, the book shows how readers formed radical social values and political

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This fascinating book - the first comprehensive study of reading and politics in early modern England - examines how texts of that period were produced and disseminated and how readers interpreted and were influenced by them. Based on the voluminous reading notes of one gentleman, Sir William Drake, the book shows how readers formed radical social values and political ideas as they experienced civil war, revolution, republic and restoration.

By analysing the strategies of Drake's reading practices, as well as those of several key contemporaries (including Jonson, Milton and Clarendon), Kevin Sharpe demonstrates how reading in the rhetorical culture of Renaissance England was a political act. He explains how Drake, for example, by reading and rereading classical and humanist works of Tacitus, Machiavelli, Guicciardini and Bacon, became the advocate of dissimulation, intrigue and realpolitik. Authority, Sharpe argues, was experienced, reviewed and criticised not only in the public forum but in the study, on the page and in the imagination, of early modern readers.

'Erudite, intelligent and fascinating ... a wonderful study of a subject central to the intellectual and cultural history of early modern England.' Anthony Grafton

Kevin Sharpe was director of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and professor of renaissance studies at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of 'The Personal Rule of Charles I', 'Selling the Tudor Monarchy' and 'Image Wars', all published by Yale University Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300187182
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/07/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.77(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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