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Jesse Lander explores the development of the book in early modern England as both a physical object and a platform for debate and polemic. Wide-ranging in its consideration of texts, from Foxe's Acts and Monuments, Milton's Areopagitica and Hamlet to ephemeral polemical pamphlets from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the volume recasts the historical and theological contexts of early modern English literature.Read more
- Cites a wide range of important scholarship on the history of the book and religious history
- Makes an historical argument about religious controversy and the media of communication which is directly relevant to our own cultural moment
- Offers careful readings of a wide range of primary documents, both literary and non-literary
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Review of the hardback: 'Lander's study is important for its sobering argument that 'the literary culture of early modern England was fractious, robust, and deeply polemical …' SEL: Studies in English LiteratureSee more reviews
Review of the hardback: '… there is a real contribution to several debates here, and this study opens up an illuminating perspective on some key aspects of the period.' The Glass
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- Date Published: September 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521120241
- length: 336 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.5kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: The disorder of books
1. Foxe's Books of Martyrs: printing and popularizing the Actes and Monuments
2. Martin Marprelate and the fugitive text
3. 'Whole Hamlets': Q1, Q2, and the work of distinction
4. Printing Donne: poetry and polemic in the early seventeenth century
5. Areopagitica and 'The True Warfaring Christian'
6. Institutionalizing polemic: the rise and fall of Chelsea College
Epilogue: Polite learning.
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