Friendship and its Discourses in the Seventeenth Century by Cedric C. BrownFriendship and its Discourses in the Seventeenth Century by Cedric C. Brown

Friendship and its Discourses in the Seventeenth Century

byCedric C. Brown

Hardcover | December 10, 2016

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Cedric C. Brown combines the study of literature and social history in order to recognize the immense importance of friendship bonds to early modern society. Drawing on new archival research, he acknowledges a wide range of types of friendship, from the intimate to the obviously instrumental,and sees these practices as often co-terminous with gift exchange. Failure to recognize the inter-connected range of a friendship spectrum has hitherto limited the adequacy of some modern studies of friendship, often weighted towards the intimate or gendered-related issues. This book focusses bothon friendships represented in imaginative works and on lived friendships in many textual and material forms, in an attempt to recognize cultural environments and functions.In order to provide depth and coherence, case histories have been selected from the middle and later parts of the seventeenth century. Nevertheless many kinds of bond are recognized, as between patron and client, mentor and pupil, within the family, within marriage, in courtship, or according tofashionable refined friendship theory. Both humanist and religious values systems are registered, and friendships are configured in cross-gendered and same-sex relationships. Theories of friendship are also included. Apart from written documents, the range of "texts" extends to keepsakes, pictures,funerary monument and memorial garden features. Figures discussed at length include Henry More and the Finch/Conway family, John Evelyn, Jeremy Taylor, Elizabeth Carey/Mordaunt, John Milton, Charles Diodati, Cyriac Skinner, Dorothy Osborne/Temple, William Temple, Lord Arlington, Sir OrlandoBridgeman, and Katherine Phillips and her circle, especially Anne Owen/Trevor and Sir Charles Cotterell.
Cedric C. Brown is a former Professor of English at the University of Reading, Dean of the Faculty, and external Professorial Research Consultant. A specialist in seventeenth-century literature, he is well known internationally as a Miltonist. He is also an archival scholar and a student of social communications, like letters, and the ...
Title:Friendship and its Discourses in the Seventeenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.03 inPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198790791

ISBN - 13:9780198790792


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: explorations of the friendship spectrumSection I: John Evelyn, Jeremy Taylor and Elizabeth Carey: friendship, religion and 'the material intercourses of our life'2. John Evelyn and Jeremy Taylor3. John Evelyn and Elizabeth Carey/MordauntSection II: Milton, Friendship, and Reader-Friends4. Milton's younger years, humanist identities, Diodati, and Italy5. Polemics, Blindness, Cyriac Skinner, and meditations on friendship6. Mature reflections, Paradise Lost, and Samson AgonistesSection III: Dorothy Osborne, William Temple, Lord Arlington, and others: friendship in private and politics7. Dorothy Osborne, sociability, and the laws of friendship8. Temple-Arlington and Evelyn-Arlington: client-patron friendships at court9. Endings and Counter-discourses10. Conclusions: the spectrum of friendshipAppendix: Jeremy Taylor's ten laws of friendshipSelect BibliographyIndex