The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century by Margaret J. M. EzellThe Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century by Margaret J. M. Ezell

The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century

byMargaret J. M. Ezell

Hardcover | October 14, 2017

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The Oxford English Literary History is the new century's definitive account of a rich and diverse literary heritage that stretches back for a millennium and more. Each of these thirteen groundbreaking volumes offers a leading scholar's considered assessment of the authors, works, cultural traditions, events, and ideas that shaped the literary voices of their age. The series will enlighten and inspire not only everyone studying, teaching, and researching inEnglish Literature, but all serious readers.This volume covers the period 1645-1714, and removes the traditional literary period labels and boundaries used in earlier studies to categorize the literary culture of late seventeenth-century England. It invites readers to explore the continuities and the literary innovations occurring during sixturbulent decades, as English readers and writers lived through unprecedented events including a King tried and executed by Parliament and another exiled, the creation of the national entity 'Great Britain', and an expanding English awareness of the New World as well as encounters with the culturesof Asia and the subcontinent. The period saw the establishment of new concepts of authorship and it saw a dramatic increase of women working as professional, commercial writers. London theatres closed by law in 1642 reopened with new forms of entertainments from musical theatrical spectaculars tocontemporary comedies of manners with celebrity actors and actresses. Emerging literary forms such as epistolary fictions and topical essays were circulated and promoted by new media including newspapers, periodical publications, and advertising and laws were changing governing censorship and takingthe initial steps in the development of copyright. It was a period which produced some of the most profound and influential literary expressions of religious faith from John Milton's Paradise Lost and John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, while simultaneously giving rise to a culture of libertinism andsavage polemical satire, as well as fostering the new dispassionate discourses of experimental sciences and the conventions of popular romance.
Margaret Ezell is a Distinguished Professor of English and the John and Sara Lindsey Chair of Liberal Arts at Texas AandM University. She received her degrees from Wellesley College and Cambridge University.
Title:The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:736 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:October 14, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198183119

ISBN - 13:9780198183112


Table of Contents

1: 1645: The War and the Commonwealth1. Laws Regulating Publication, Speech, and Performance, 1645-16582. Humphrey Moseley and London Literary Publishing: Making the Book, Image and Word3. Hearing, Speaking, Writing: Religious Discourse from the Pulpit, among the Congregations, and the Prophets4. Sociable Texts: Manuscript Circulation, Writers, and Readers in Britain and Abroad5. Fiction and Adventure Narratives: Romantic Foreigners and Native Romances2: 1659-1660: The Return of the King1. Laws Regulating Publication, Speech, and Performance, 1660-16732. Renovating the Stage: Companies, Actresses, Repertoire, Theatre Innovations, and the Touring Companies3. Enacting Libertinism: Court Performance and Literary Culture4. Creating Science: The Royal Society and the New Literatures of Science5. 'Adventurous Song': Samuel Butler, Abraham Cowley, Katherine Philips, John Milton, and 1660s Verse3: 1674-1675: For Profit and Delight1. Laws Regulating Publication, Speech, and Performance2. Poets and the Politics of Patronage and Literary Criticism3. Theatrical Entertainments Outside the London Commercial Playhouses: Smock Alley, Travelling Companies, Strollers, School Plays, and Private Performances4. Fictions: The Pilgrim's Progress, the New 'Novels', and Love and Erotica5. Foreign Parts: English Readers and Foreign Lands and Cultures4: 1685-1686 Transitions1. Laws Regulating Publication, Speech, and Performance2. Heard in the Street: Broadside Ballads3. Seen on Stage: English Operas, the Female Wits, and the 'Reformed' Stage4. Debates between the Sexes: Satires, Advice, and Polemics5: 1700: Forming the New Britain1. Laws Regulating Publication, Preaching, and Performance2. Kit-Cats and Scriblerians: Clubs, Wits, The Tatler, The Spectator, and The Memoirs of Martin Scriblerus3. Booksellers and the Book Trade: John Dunton, Edmund Curll, Grub Street, and the Rise of Bernard Lintot4. 'The Great Business of Poetry': Poets, Pastoral, and PoliticsAppendix: Companion Volume: Table of ContentsFor Further ReadingWorks CitedIndex