Writing the English Republic: Poetry, Rhetoric and Politics, 1627-1660 by David NorbrookWriting the English Republic: Poetry, Rhetoric and Politics, 1627-1660 by David Norbrook

Writing the English Republic: Poetry, Rhetoric and Politics, 1627-1660

byDavid Norbrook

Paperback | January 28, 2000

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This magisterial new history of seventeenth-century republican political culture sets key texts by Marvell and Milton in a richly detailed context, showing how writers reimagined English literary culture without kingship. The book draws on extensive archival research, bringing to light exciting and neglected manuscript and printed sources. Offering a bold new narrative of the whole period, and a timely reminder that England has a republican as well as a royalist heritage, it will be of compelling interest to historians as well as literary scholars.
Title:Writing the English Republic: Poetry, Rhetoric and Politics, 1627-1660Format:PaperbackDimensions:524 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.18 inPublished:January 28, 2000Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521785693

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Lucan and the poetry of civil war; 2. The King's peace and the people's war, 1630-43; 3. Rhetoric, Republicanism and the public sphere: Marten, Waller, and Milton, 1641-44; 4. Uncivil peace: politics and literary culture 1645-49; 5. Poetry and the Commonwealth, 1649-53; 6. Double names: Marvell and the Commonwealth; 7. King Oliver? Protectoral Augustanism and its critics, 1653-58; 8. Republicanizing Cromwell; 9. Culture and anarchy? The revival and eclipse of Republicanism, 1658-60; 10. Paradise Lost and English Republicanism; Appendix.

From Our Editors

Key texts by Marvell and Milton are examined within the context of 17th-century political culture in this scholarly analysis by David Norbrook. This portable edition of Writing the English Republic Poetry, Rhetoric and Politics, 1627- 1660 investigates how these writers re-imagined and redefined English literary culture in the absence of a culturally influential monarchy. Norbrook draws on extensive archival research to offer bold new insights into the republican culture of that period. In this exemplary study, the scholar offers examples of neglected manuscripts and never-seen-before print sources from the era. 

Editorial Reviews

"Writing the English Republic should convince any remaining skeptics that republicanism indeed has an early and important presence in seventeenth-century England. Magisterial, wide-ranging, and often brilliant, Writing the English Republic boldly rewrites the history of seventeenth-century English culture. The book should be of considerable interest and value to all scholars of the early modern period." Renaissance Quarterly