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The Restoration Transposed
Poetry, Place and History, 1660–1700

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  • Date Published: September 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108713757

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  • This revisionist study of Restoration literature and culture demonstrates how important the decades between 1660 and 1700 were in transforming, enlarging and diversifying English-language poetry. Wright challenges the longstanding narrative of Restoration poetry as a male, urban, London-centric form obsessed with the contemporary, arguing persuasively that this schema omits crucial literary works and relationships. Framed around three detailed case studies of neglected aspects of Restoration poetry, the book explores the depth of Spenser's influence, the importance of poetry flourishing in Ireland, the significance of natural landscapes and the vital role of women: both as readers, and writers. This book presents a diverse literary Restoration steeped in historical self-awareness and anxieties, engaged with the world outside England's capital, and open to new voices. Its impressive scope encompasses myriad little-known writers, while extensive historical research underpins its fresh perspectives on poets such as Dryden, Rochester, Cowley, Milton, Marvell and Behn.

    • Offers extensive discussion of overlooked aspects of Restoration literature: its interest in literary history, the growth of Irish poetry, and poetry about the natural world
    • Highlights the pivotal role of female authors, integrating writing by and about women into a broader narrative of literary history
    • Wide ranging, covering many little-known writers and offering new perspectives on canonical poets such as Dryden, Rochester, Cowley, Milton, Marvell and Behn
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108713757
    • length: 277 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.376kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Spenser problem
    2. Poetry and restoration Ireland
    3. Poetical plants and leafy landscapes
    Conclusion: transposing the restoration.

  • Author

    Gillian Wright, University of Birmingham
    Gillian Wright is Reader in English and Irish Literature at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Producing Women's Poetry, 1600–1730 (Cambridge, 2013) and is a General Editor of the AHRC-funded Cambridge edition of The Works of Aphra Behn, for which she is editing Behn's poetry.

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