The Textual Culture of English Protestant Dissent 1720-1800

Hardcover | January 16, 2016

byTessa Whitehouse

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Religious dissenters and their literary and social heritage are the principal subjects of this book. At its heart is a group of English men whose activities were local, transcontinental and circum-Atlantic. Drawing on letters, lecture notes, manuscript accounts of academies, and a range ofprinted texts and paratexts The Textual Culture of English Protestant Dissent 1720-1800 explores the connections between dissent, education, and publishing in the eighteenth century. By considering Isaac Watts and Philip Doddridge in relation to their mentors, students, friends, and readers itemphasizes the importance they and their associates attached to personal relationships in their private interactions and in print. It argues that this contributed to a distinctive literary style as well as particular modes of textual production for moderate, orthodox dissenters which reached beyondtheir own community to address and influence global discourses about education, enlightenment, and history. The book's focus on "textual culture" foregrounds relationships between forms as well as considering texts as they existed in one form or another. In examining textual culture, this book emphasises adaptation, transformation, fluidity and communality: it approaches the human relationships that maketexts (including friendships, reading communities, intellectual exchange and business arrangements) with as much care as the content of the texts themselves. The book demonstrates that models of family and social authorship among Romantic-era dissenters advanced by Michelle Levy, Daniel White andFelicity James were rooted in the domestic culture at earlier academies and in the example of members of the Watts-Doddridge circle.

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Religious dissenters and their literary and social heritage are the principal subjects of this book. At its heart is a group of English men whose activities were local, transcontinental and circum-Atlantic. Drawing on letters, lecture notes, manuscript accounts of academies, and a range ofprinted texts and paratexts The Textual Culture...

Tessa Whitehouse was educated at the universities of Cambridge and London. She is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at Queen Mary University of London and a staff member of the Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.84 inPublished:January 16, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198717849

ISBN - 13:9780198717843

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Introduction: Religious Dissent and Textual Culture in the Eighteenth Century1. Instituting Dissent and the Role of Friendship2. Dissenting Academy Traditions3. Lectures in Print4. Isaac Watts, Educationalist5. Isaac Watts, Publisher6. Friendship, Labour, and Editing Posthumous WorksConclusion: Dissent and the World of BooksAppendix: Biographical NotesBibliography