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Literature and Dissent in Milton's England


  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521050708

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  • The England of John Milton's great poems was the England of Dissenters, those who refused to join the state Church after the return of monarchy in 1660, seen as dangerous outcasts and rebels. Sharon Achinstein's book shows how a literary tradition of dissent was produced by those who suffered political defeat and religious exclusion in Restoration England, bringing to view a range of writing that has been largely, and unjustly, neglected. Considering authors both inside and outside the dissenting tradition, including Milton, John Bunyan, Richard Baxter, Mary Mollineux, John Dryden, Andrew Marvell, Elizabeth Singer Rowe and Isaac Watts, and other little-known dissenting writers, Achinstein shows how a distinctive Dissenting cultural legacy challenges our notions of literary history, aesthetic value and the relation between literature and politics. This important study will be of interest to Milton scholars and seventeenth-century literary and religious historians.

    • Covers a broad range of authors, both canonical and neglected
    • Gives fascinating religious and political contexts to Milton's great poetry
    • Will be of interest to Milton scholars and seventeenth-century literary and religious historians
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    'A fine book … illuminating discussion.' The Glass

    '… important study … Achinstein's study valuably restores a forgotten generation of writers to the literary canon.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521050708
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.451kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    1. Reading dissent
    2. Memory
    3. Prison
    4. Violence
    5. Milton
    6. Enthusiasm
    7. Poetics
    8. Hymn
    Coda: enlightenment
    Appendix: Milton's burial place

  • Author

    Sharon Achinstein, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford
    Sharon Achinstein is Lecturer in English at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall, and has previously taught at the University of Maryland and Northwestern University. She is the author of Milton and the Revolutionary Reader (1994), which won the Milton Society of America's Hanford Prize, and edited Literature, Gender and the English Revolution (1994).

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