The Country and the City Revisited: England and the Politics of Culture, 1550-1850

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Between 1550 and 1850, how were the English people able to transform themselves from a disparate group of individuals and localities into an imperial power? This book supplements Raymond Williams' seminal work on the country and the city by applying exciting new interdisciplinary perspectives on the question. During the great age of mercantilism, new conceptions of space, time, and social identity began to emerge that are still with us today. This collection of essays by major scholars looks afresh at central issues of early modern English history.
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"In identifying the culture of setting as a shared window onto awareness and experience in former times, all the contributors point to a very promising framework in which a refreshingly interdisciplinary enterprise of British studies could evolve." Carl B. Estabrook, Albion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521592017
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/1999
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations and notes on the text; 1. Introduction: the country and the city revisited, c.1550–1850 Gerald MacLean, Donna Landry and Joseph P. Ward; 2. Imagining the metropolis in Elizabethan and Stuart London Joseph P. Ward; 3. The peripatetic muse: internal travel and the cultural production of space in pre-revolutionary England Andrew McRae; 4. The Cookes and the Brookes: uses of portraiture in town and country before the Civil War Robert Tittler; 5. Digger writing and rural dissent in the English Revolution: representing England as a common treasury David Loewenstein; 6. 'Gulfes, Deserts, Precipices, Stone': Marvell's 'Upon Appleton House' and the contradictions of 'nature' Robert Markley; 7. Enthusiasm and Enlightenment: of food, filth and slavery Nigel Smith; 8. 'What is the country?': patriotism and the language of popularity during the English militia reform of 1757 Eliga Gould; 9. Who's making the scene? Real people in eighteenth-century topographical prints Richard Quaintance; 10. Imperial georgic, 1660–1789 Karen O'Brien; 11. The gentleman planter and the metropole: Long's History of Jamaica (1774) Elizabeth A. Bohls; 12. Crown forests and female georgic: Frances Burney and the reconstruction of Britishness Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook; 13. 'Wild outcasts of society': the transit of the Gypsies in Romantic period poetry Anne F. Janowitz; 14. Afterword: moving stories, still lives John Barrell; Index.
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