Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture: A Selection by John Mullan

Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture: A Selection

EditorJohn Mullan, Christopher Reid

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This collection makes available what was once popular but has long been buried. During the eighteenth century, popular culture assumed a peculiar importance. In the early part of the century, high and low cultures often collided. Later in the century, politeness more and more required thedistancing of genteel from vulgar amusements. This carefully annotated selection rediscovers some of the energies of the low and the vulgar in the period. It examines particular themes (crime, religious enthusiasm, popular politics, for example) by telling particular stories (the career of anotorious criminal, the exploits of a religious sect, John Wilkes and the crowd). It also illustrates how the very idea of popular culture was formed in the period, providing examples of the ways in which it was discussed both by those who were fearful of it and those who were fascinated byit.

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John Mullan is Senior Lecturer in English, University College, London Christopher Reid is Senior Lecturer in English, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
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Title:Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture: A SelectionFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionUsing the Selection1. Eighteenth-Century Views of Popular Culture2. Religious enthusiasm: the French Prophets, 1707-17113. Fairgoers and Reformers: the Struggle for Bartholomew Fair4. Almanacs: Astrology and Popular Protestantism5. Crime: the Fortunes of Jack Sheppard6. Custom and the Calendar: the Gregorian Reform and its Opponents7. Popular Politics: John Wilkes and the Crowd, 1768-708. Popular Perceptions of Empire: Native Americans in Britain in the 1760sIndex

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`The ripples of interest spread out beyond and behind the text, carried on the waves of commentary and annotation and suggestions for further reading.'Jenny Uglow, TLS 4 May 2001