The Resource Literature and revolution in England, 1640-1660, Nigel Smith

Literature and revolution in England, 1640-1660, Nigel Smith

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Literature and revolution in England, 1640-1660
Title
Literature and revolution in England, 1640-1660
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Nigel Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
The years of the Civil War and Interregnum have usually been marginalised as a literary period. This wide-ranging and highly original study demonstrates that these central years of the seventeenth century were a turning point, not only in the political, social and religious history of the nation, but also in the use and meaning of language and literature. At a time of crisis and constitutional turmoil, literature itself acquired new functions and played a dynamic part in the fragmentation of religious and political authority. For English people, Smith argues, the upheaval in divine and secular authority provided both motive and opportunity for transformations in the nature and meaning of literary expression. The increase in pamphleteering and journalism brought a new awareness of print; with it existing ideas of authorship and authority collapsed. Through literature, people revised their understanding of themselves and attempted to transform their predicament. Smith examines literary output ranging from the obvious masterworks of the age - Milton's Paradise Lost, Hobbes's Leviathan, Marvell's poetry - to a host of less well-known writings. He examines the contents of manuscripts and newsbooks sold on the streets, published drama, epics and romances, love poetry, praise poetry, psalms and hymns, satire in prose and verse, fishing manuals, histories. He analyses the cant and babble of religious polemic and the language of political controversy, demonstrating how, as literary genres changed and disintegrated, they often acquired vital new life. Ranging further than any other work on this period, and with a narrative rich in allusion, the book explores the impact of politics on the practice of writing and the role of literature in the process of historical change
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1958-
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Smith, Nigel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DA406
LC item number
.S63 1994
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Puritan Revolution (Great Britain : 1642-1660)
  • Great Britain
  • England
  • England
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Angleterre
  • Angleterre
  • England
  • Great Britain
  • Englisch
  • England
  • English literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Literature publishing
  • English language
  • Religion and literature
  • Literary form
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Politique et littérature
  • Littérature
  • Religion et littérature
  • Anglais (Langue)
  • Genres littéraires
  • Civilization
  • English language
  • English language
  • English literature
  • Literary form
  • Literature publishing
  • Politics and literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Engels
  • Letterkunde
  • Revoluties
  • Literatur
  • Bürgerkrieg
  • Geschichte 1640-1660
  • Geschichte (1640-1660)
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Literature and revolution in England, 1640-1660, Nigel Smith
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Publication
Note
Spine title: Literature & revolution in England, 1640-1660
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-402) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Dissent refracted: Text, genre and society 1640-60 -- Part I: Writing, publishing and reading in the war -- 1. Unstable parameters -- The conditions of writing -- Style wars: Forms confused -- 2. Public fora -- What is the news? -- Theatres transprosed: The career of drama in the English Revolution -- Part II: Rhetoric, politics and religion -- 3. The meaning of the centre -- Juggling models: Parliamentary and monarchical apology -- The Holy Commonwealth and the breaking of forms -- 4. Discourse from below: The Levellers, the city and the army -- Urban drama -- The uses of books -- Levellers republicanised -- 5. Political theory as aesthetics: Hobbes, Harrington, Winstanley -- Hobbe's body -- Harrington's commonwealth -- 'Action is the life of all' -- 6. The free state in letters: Republicanism comes out -- Approximate discourses -- The free state speaks -- The republican advance -- Part III: Mythologising calamity: Genres in revolution -- 7. Heroic work -- Epics divides: Heroic diatribes -- Mr. Hobbes in love: The quest for real romance -- 8. The instrumentality of lyrics -- The lyric in the republic -- Battle hymns of the republic -- Two war genres -- 9. Satire: Whose property? -- Marprelate revived -- Satire and 'popular culture' -- A great forgetting -- 10. Calamity as narrative -- On the land: Landscape, pastoral, piscatorial -- 'I was there': history as imagined present -- Conclusion
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 425 pages
Isbn
9780300059748
Lccn
94011191
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)30319314
  • (OCoLC)ocm30319314
Label
Literature and revolution in England, 1640-1660, Nigel Smith
Publication
Note
Spine title: Literature & revolution in England, 1640-1660
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-402) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Dissent refracted: Text, genre and society 1640-60 -- Part I: Writing, publishing and reading in the war -- 1. Unstable parameters -- The conditions of writing -- Style wars: Forms confused -- 2. Public fora -- What is the news? -- Theatres transprosed: The career of drama in the English Revolution -- Part II: Rhetoric, politics and religion -- 3. The meaning of the centre -- Juggling models: Parliamentary and monarchical apology -- The Holy Commonwealth and the breaking of forms -- 4. Discourse from below: The Levellers, the city and the army -- Urban drama -- The uses of books -- Levellers republicanised -- 5. Political theory as aesthetics: Hobbes, Harrington, Winstanley -- Hobbe's body -- Harrington's commonwealth -- 'Action is the life of all' -- 6. The free state in letters: Republicanism comes out -- Approximate discourses -- The free state speaks -- The republican advance -- Part III: Mythologising calamity: Genres in revolution -- 7. Heroic work -- Epics divides: Heroic diatribes -- Mr. Hobbes in love: The quest for real romance -- 8. The instrumentality of lyrics -- The lyric in the republic -- Battle hymns of the republic -- Two war genres -- 9. Satire: Whose property? -- Marprelate revived -- Satire and 'popular culture' -- A great forgetting -- 10. Calamity as narrative -- On the land: Landscape, pastoral, piscatorial -- 'I was there': history as imagined present -- Conclusion
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 425 pages
Isbn
9780300059748
Lccn
94011191
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30319314
  • (OCoLC)ocm30319314

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