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Radicalism in British Literary Culture, 1650–1830
From Revolution to Revolution

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Justin Champion, Nigel Smith, Timothy Morton, Donald John, Jane Shaw, Michael Scrivener, Charlotte Sussman, Jon Mee, James McKusick, Peter Kitson, Paul Hamilton
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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120876

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  • In this volume of interdisciplinary essays, leading scholars examine the radical tradition in British literary culture from the English Revolution to the French Revolution. They chart continuities between the two periods and examine the recuperation of ideas and texts from the earlier period in the 1790s and beyond. Contributors utilize a variety of approaches and concepts: from gender studies, the cultural history of food and diet and the history of political discourse, to explorations of the theatre, philosophy and metaphysics. This volume argues that the radical agendas of the mid-seventeenth century, intended to change society fundamentally, did not disappear throughout the long eighteenth century only to be resuscitated at its close. Rather, through close textual analysis, these essays indicate a more continuous transmission.

    • Interdisciplinary study taking in literature, history and theology
    • Questions basic assumptions about the history of the long eighteenth century
    • Takes into account the latest work in gender and cultural studies
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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120876
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction Timothy Morton and Nigel Smith
    Part I. From Revolution:
    1. 'May the last king be strangled in the bowels of the last priest': irreligion and the English Enlightenment, 1649–1789 Justin Champion
    2. Radicalism and replication Nigel Smith
    3. The plantation of wrath Timothy Morton
    4. They became what they beheld: theodicy and regeneration in Milton, Law and Blake Donald John
    5. Fasting women: the significance of gender and bodies in radical religion and politics, 1650–1813 Jane Shaw
    Part II. To Revolution:
    6. John Thelwall and the revolution of 1649 Michael Scrivener
    7. Women's private reading and political action, 1649–1838 Charlotte Sussman
    8. The strange career of Richard 'Citizen' Lee: poetry, popular radicalism, and enthusiasm in the 1790s Jon Mee
    9. William Cobbett, John Clare, and the agrarian politics of the English revolution James McKusick
    10. 'Not a reforming patriot but an ambitious tyrant': representations of Cromwell and the English republic in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Peter Kitson
    11. The republican prompt: connections in English radical culture Paul Hamilton.

  • Editors

    Timothy Morton, Rice University, Houston
    Timothy Morton is Professor of English at Rice University, Houston.

    Nigel Smith, Princeton University, New Jersey

    Contributors

    Justin Champion, Nigel Smith, Timothy Morton, Donald John, Jane Shaw, Michael Scrivener, Charlotte Sussman, Jon Mee, James McKusick, Peter Kitson, Paul Hamilton

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