Digressive Voices in Early Modern English Literature

Hardcover | March 1, 2004

byAnne Cotterill

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Digressive Voices in Early Modern English Literature looks afresh at major nondramatic texts by Donne, Marvell, Browne, Milton, and Dryden, whose digressive speakers are haunted by personal and public uncertainty. To digress in seventeenth-century England carried a range of meaning associatedwith deviation or departure from a course, subject, or standard. This book demonstrates that early modern writers trained in verbal contest developed richly labyrinthine voices that captured the ambiguities of political occasion and aristocratic patronage while anatomizing enemies and mourningpersonal loss. Anne Cotterill turns current sensitivity toward the silenced voice to argue that rhetorical amplitude might suggest anxieties about speech and attack for men forced to be competitive yet circumspect as they made their voices heard.

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Digressive Voices in Early Modern English Literature looks afresh at major nondramatic texts by Donne, Marvell, Browne, Milton, and Dryden, whose digressive speakers are haunted by personal and public uncertainty. To digress in seventeenth-century England carried a range of meaning associatedwith deviation or departure from a course, s...

Anne Cotterill is an Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.93 inPublished:March 1, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199261172

ISBN - 13:9780199261178

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Breathless: Digression and Survival in 1 Henry VI2. 'Motion in Corruption': Digression and Descent in Donne's Anniversaries3. Marvell's Watery Maze: Digression and Discovery at Nun Appleton4. Sounding 'Wisdom's Way': Digression and Delay in Paradise Lost5. Parenthesis at the Center: Digression and Mystery in The Hind and the Panther6. The Devious Progress of Satire: Digression and Vengeance in Dryden's Late Preface7. Dislocation, Dipossession, and the Voice Come Home: An Epilogue on the 'Modern' DigressionBibliographyIndex

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`an impressive volume, deserving the attention of all who are concerned with English literature from Donne to Swift.'Modern Law Review