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Political Turmoil: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1623–1660

Volume 2


Part of Early Modern Literature in Transition

Sharon Cadman Seelig, Julie Sanders, Stephen Guy-Bray, Anthony Welch, Randall Ingram, John Rumrich, Jerome de Groot, Nicholas McDowell, Stephen B. Dobranski, Laura Knoppers, Jason Peacey, Lara Dodds, Katherine Calloway, Todd Butler, Gregory Chaplin, Verena Olejniczak Lobsien, Christopher D'Addario, James Loxley, Estelle Haan, Stephen Deng
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108419642

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  • The early modern period in Britain was defined by tremendous upheaval - the upending of monarchy, the unsettling of church doctrine, and the pursuit of a new method of inquiry based on an inductive experimental model. Political Turmoil: Early Modern Literature in Transition, 1623–1660 offers an innovative and ambitious re-appraisal of seventeenth-century British literature and history. Each of the contributors attempts to address the 'how' and 'why' of aesthetic change by focusing on political and cultural transformations. Instead of forging a grand narrative of continuity, the contributors attempt to piece together the often complex web of factors and events that contributed to developments in literary form and matter - as well as the social and religious changes that literature sometimes helped to occasion. These twenty chapters, reading across traditional periodization, demonstrate that early modern literary works - when they were conceived, as they were created, and after they circulated - were, above all, involved in various types of transitions.

    • Proposes a new view of English literary history by reading across traditional periodization
    • Uncovers new cultural and historical evidence that sheds light on the meaning of early modern literary works
    • Offers a new and nuanced engagement with some of the most highly regarded English writers
    • Demonstrates the significance of some lesser known or wrongly overlooked seventeenth-century authors and texts
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    'Political Turmoil is remarkable for its engagement with multiple discourses. Its thoughtfully arranged chapters … are uniformly well-written, occasionally revelatory, and very much in conversation across the volume. This book will prove accessible to advanced undergraduates, yet useful to both generalists and experts in early modern literature. It should be on the shelves of every academic library and considered for any graduate or advanced undergraduate course in early modern literature.' Wendy Furman-Adams, Modern Philology

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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108419642
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: turmoil, political and otherwise
    Part I. Generic Transitions:
    1. Writing the self Sharon Cadman Seelig
    2. Changing places and transitional spaces: plays, masques, and performances Julie Sanders
    3. Erotic and devotional verse Stephen Guy-Bray
    4. Kingdoms of the mind: epic forms, fragments, and translations Anthony Welch
    5. 'Useful' books and mobile poems Randall Ingram
    Part II. Literature and Ideological Transformation:
    6. The symbolism of anti-Calvinism John Rumrich
    7. Royalist writing and the trope of prison Jerome de Groot
    8. Shakespearean constitutions: literary culture and republicanism Nicholas McDowell
    9. 'The best of texts': the death of Charles I Stephen B. Dobranski
    10. A British Caesar? Representations of Oliver Cromwell Laura Knoppers
    Part III. Literature and Cultural Transformation:
    11. An 'Amsterdamnified' public sphere: English newsbooks, pamphleteering and polemic in European context Jason Peacey
    12. Affected and disaffected alike: women, print, and the problem of women's literary history Lara Dodds
    13. Imagining the scientific revolution in England Katherine Calloway
    14. Revitalizing nation and mind: the failed promise of seventeenth-century educational reform Todd Butler
    15. The end of friendship Gregory Chaplin
    Part IV. Literature and Local Transformation:
    16. Country matters Verena Olejniczak Lobsien
    17. Life during wartime: the writing of civil war London Christopher D'Addario
    18. Nations in question: writing Scotland and Ireland James Loxley
    19. England, neo-Latin, and the continental journey Estelle Haan
    20. Global commerce and an emergent 'empire of trade' Stephen Deng.

  • Editor

    Stephen B. Dobranski, Georgia State University
    Stephen B. Dobranski is Distinguished University Professor of early modern literature at Georgia State University. His books include Milton, Authorship, and the Book Trade (Cambridge, 1999), and Readers and Authorship in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2005), which received the English Studies Award from the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. He also authored A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton: 'Samson Agonistes' (2009), which received the John T. Shawcross Award from the Milton Society of America. His most recent book is Milton's Visual Imagination: Imagery in 'Paradise Lost' (Cambridge, 2015).


    Sharon Cadman Seelig, Julie Sanders, Stephen Guy-Bray, Anthony Welch, Randall Ingram, John Rumrich, Jerome de Groot, Nicholas McDowell, Stephen B. Dobranski, Laura Knoppers, Jason Peacey, Lara Dodds, Katherine Calloway, Todd Butler, Gregory Chaplin, Verena Olejniczak Lobsien, Christopher D'Addario, James Loxley, Estelle Haan, Stephen Deng

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