The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Hardcover | February 15, 2013

EditorLaura Lunger Knoppers

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This Handbook offers a comprehensive introduction and thirty-seven new essays by an international team of literary critics and historians on the writings generated by the tumultuous events of mid-seventeenth-century England. Unprecedented events-civil war, regicide, the abolition of monarchy,proscription of episcopacy, constitutional experiment, and finally the return of monarchy-led to an unprecedented outpouring of texts, including new and transformed literary genres and techniques. The Handbook provides up-to-date scholarship on current issues as well as historical information, textual analysis, and bibliographical tools to help readers understand and appreciate the bold and indeed revolutionary character of writing in mid-seventeenth-century England. The volume is innovativein its attention to the literary and aesthetic aspects of a wide range of political and religious writing, as well as in its demonstration of how literary texts register the political pressures of their time. Opening with essential contextual chapters on religion, politics, society, and culture, thelargely chronological subsequent chapters analyse particular voices, texts, and genres as they respond to revolutionary events. Attention is given to aesthetic qualities, as well as to bold political and religious ideas, in such writers as James Harrington, Marchamont Nedham, Thomas Hobbes, Gerrard Winstanley, John Lilburne, and Abiezer Coppe. At the same time, the revolutionary political context sheds new light on suchwell-known literary writers as John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Robert Herrick, Henry Vaughan, William Davenant, John Dryden, Lucy Hutchinson, Margaret Cavendish, and John Bunyan. Overall, the volume provides an indispensable guide to the innovative and exciting texts of the English Revolution andreevaluates its long-term cultural impact.

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This Handbook offers a comprehensive introduction and thirty-seven new essays by an international team of literary critics and historians on the writings generated by the tumultuous events of mid-seventeenth-century England. Unprecedented events-civil war, regicide, the abolition of monarchy,proscription of episcopacy, constitutional ...

Laura Lunger Knoppers is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University. She has published widely on seventeenth-century British literature, visual culture, politics, and religion, particularly on the works of John Milton.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:February 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Laura Lunger Knoppers: Introduction: Critical Framework and IssuesPart I: England at Home and in the World1. Nigel Smith: England, Europe, and the English Revolution2. Eamon Darcy: Three Kingdoms3. Carla Gardina Pestana: British Atlantic World4. Glenn Burgess: Political Thought5. John Coffey: Religion6. Karen Edwards: Literature, Medicine, and Science7. Jason McElligott: Licensing, censorship, and the book trade8. Ann Hughes: Society and the Roles of WomenPart II: Civil Wars9. Jason Peacey: News, Pamphlets, and Public Opinion10. Stephen B. Dobranski: Principle and Politics in Milton s Areopagitica11. Ann Baynes Coiro: The Personal Rule of Poets: Cavalier Poetry and the English Revolution12. Helen Wilcox: Civil War letters and diaries and the rhetoric of experience13. Nicholas McDowell: Marvell Among the Cavaliers14. Rachel Foxley: The Levellers: John Lilburne, Richard Overton, and William WalwynPart III: Regicide and Republic15. Robert Wilcher: Eikon Basilike: The printing, composition, strategy, and impact of the king s book16. Stephen M. Fallon: Nascent Republican Theory in Milton's Regicide Prose17. David Loewenstein: Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers18. Ariel Hessayon: Abiezer Coppe and the Ranters19. Joad Raymond: Marchamont Nedham: Polemic, Analysis, Allegiance20. James Loxley: The Claims of a Civil Science : Hobbes's Leviathan21. Nigel Smith: Henry Vaughan and Thomas Vaughan: Welsh Anglicanism, Chymick , and the English Revolution22. Kathleen Lynch: Conversion narratives in Old and New EnglandPart IV: Protectorate23. Elizabeth Sauer: Milton s Defences and the Principle of sanior pars24. Katharine Gillespie: Prophecy and Political Expression in Cromwellian England25. Nicholas McDowell: Marvell Among the Cromwellians26. Janet Clare: Countering Anti-theatricality: Davenant and the Drama of the Protectorate27. Elizabeth Spiller: Printed Recipe Books in Medical, Political, and Scientific Contexts28. Rachel Hammersley: James Harrington s The Commonwealth of Oceana and the Republican Tradition29. Amelia Zurcher: The Political Ideologies of Revolutionary Prose Romance30. Kate Peters: Quakers and the Culture of Print in the 1650sPart V: Restoration31. Lament for a Nationa Milton s Readie and Easie Way and the Turn to Satire32. Thomas N. Corns: The Early Poetry of John Dryden33. Say first, what causea The Origins of Paradise Lost34. Clement Hawes: Acephalous Authority: Satire in Butler, Marvell, and Dryden35. Rachel Trubowitz: The Consolation of Natural Philosophy: Margaret Cavendish and the English Revolution36. Shannon Miller: Family and Commonwealth in the Writings of Lucy Hutchinson37. N. H. Keeble: Out of the spoils won in Battel : John Bunyan

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Review from other book by this author: "familiar themes are given fresh interest... Knopper's excellent general introduction positions the poems and the new evidence about their print in Milton's immediate context" --Johanna Harris, Times Literary Supplement