Pacifism and English Literature: Minstrels of Peace

Hardcover | March 15, 2008

byR.S. White

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This timely book traces ideas of pacifism through English literature, particularly poetry. Four wide-ranging chapters, drawing on both religious and secular texts, provide intellectual and historical contexts. There follows a chronological analysis of poetry which rejects war and celebrates peace, from the middle ages to the present day. The book provides inspiration for all readers who seriously believe that conflict and war do not solve problems, and for students it provides a new kind of thematic history of literature.

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This timely book traces ideas of pacifism through English literature, particularly poetry. Four wide-ranging chapters, drawing on both religious and secular texts, provide intellectual and historical contexts. There follows a chronological analysis of poetry which rejects war and celebrates peace, from the middle ages to the present da...

R.S. WHITE is Professor of English at the University of Western Australia. His many publications include Natural Rights and the Birth of Romanticism in the 1790s (2005), Romeo & Juliet: Contemporary Critical Essays (2001), The Tempest: Contemporary Critical Essays (1999), Natural Law in English Renaissance Literature (1996), Reception...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.89 × 5.6 × 0.9 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230553176

ISBN - 13:9780230553170

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: PERSPECTIVES OF PEACE * War, Peace, and Poetry * From Minstrels to Martyrs * Sacred Texts * Secular Texts, Rational Pacifism * PART TWO: POETRY OF PEACE * Medieval Pacifism * Renaissance Pacifism * Shakespeare's Pacifist Voices * Romantic Peace and War * Excursus: Some Prose and Fiction * A Plague on Both Your Houses: Air Control, Civilian Casualties, and Twentieth-century Poetry * Conclusion: "Songs of such exquisite sweetness" * Bibliography * Index