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Writing the English Republic

Writing the English Republic
Poetry, Rhetoric and Politics, 1627–1660

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  • Date Published: February 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521785693

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  • '[Norbrook's] marvellously original, densely researched study of the English republican imagination is an attempt to retrieve forgotten figures like the regicide Henry Marten, as well as to extend our understanding of the works of Milton and Marvell.' Tom Paulin, The Independent '[A] fine and important book … I suspect that Writing the English Republic will have as large and lasting an impact as any previous or readily foreseeable study of the relationship between literature and politics in seventeenth-century England. [Norbrook] writes in an attractively exploratory spirit which resists dogmatism and the sealing of argument.' Blair Worden,Times Literary Supplement 'The case for the republican conscience resounds most eloquently in the impressive coda to this book … but the pay-off for historians stems above all from Norbrook's decision to produce a theme-driven argument instead of a general survey. This has led him to dig deep into the textual remains of the Revolution, rather than content himself with the familiar surface structures.' London Review of Books

    • Hardback published to extensive critical acclaim
    • Deals with the topical issue of the rise of republicanism
    • Contains important new work on Milton (especially Paradise Lost) and Marvell, and a signficant revival of neglected writers of the period, supplying important new context
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    '[A] fine and important book … I suspect that Writing the English Republic will have as large and lasting an impact as any previous or readily foreseeable study of the relationship between literature and politics in seventeenth-century England. [Norbrook] writes in an attractively exploratory spirit which resists dogmatism and the sealing of argument.' Blair Worden The Times Literary Supplement

    'This is a profoundly important book and a really remarkable achievement. The historical scholarship is masterly, the intelligence and perceptiveness of the literary analysis is outstanding, and the book itself is beautifully and powerfully written. It is as important a book about seventeenth-century English republicanism as it is about seventeenth-century English poetry.' Jonathan Scott

    'The case for the republican conscience resounds most eloquently in the impressive coda to this book … By paying proper attention to poets and historians, Norbrook is able to show that republicanism's roots went deep into the political culture of the 1640s, and even earlier … But the pay-off for historians stems above all from Norbrook's decision to produce a theme-driven argument instead of a general survey. This has led him to dig deep into the textual remains of the Revolution, rather than content himself with the familiar surface structures.' London Review of Books

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    • Date Published: February 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521785693
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Lucan and the poetry of civil war
    2. The King's peace and the people's war, 1630–43
    3. Rhetoric, Republicanism and the public sphere: Marten, Waller, and Milton, 1641–44
    4. Uncivil peace: politics and literary culture 1645–49
    5. Poetry and the Commonwealth, 1649–53
    6. Double names: Marvell and the Commonwealth
    7. King Oliver? Protectoral Augustanism and its critics, 1653–58
    8. Republicanizing Cromwell
    9. Culture and anarchy? The revival and eclipse of Republicanism, 1658–60
    10. Paradise Lost and English Republicanism
    Appendix.

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    David Norbrook, University of Maryland, College Park

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