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Lord Rochester in the Restoration World


Matthew C. Augustine, Steven N. Zwicker, Jonathan Sawday, Paul Davis, Nicholas von Maltzahn, David Francis Taylor, Christopher Tilmouth, Tim Harris, Melissa E. Sanchez, Ros Ballaster, Tom Jones, Nicholas Fisher, Tom Lockwood
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  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107670570

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  • John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester (1647–1680), the notorious and brilliant libertine poet of King Charles II's court, has long been considered an embodiment of the Restoration era. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading scholars focuses new attention on, and brings fresh perspectives to, the writings of Lord Rochester. Particular consideration is given to the political force and social identity of Rochester's work, to the worlds - courtly and theatrical, urban and suburban - from which Rochester's poetry emerged and which it discloses, and not least to the unsettling aesthetic power of Rochester's writing. The singularity of Rochester's voice - his 'matchless wit' - has been widely recognised; this book encourages the continued appreciation of all the ways in which Rochester reveals the layered and promiscuous character of literary projects throughout the whole of a brilliant, abrasive, and miscellaneous age.

    • This first collection of essays on Lord Rochester published in more than a decade bring Rochester scholarship into the twenty-first century
    • Sheds new light on the literary study and historiography of the late seventeenth century more generally
    • Stresses the interdisciplinary character of early modern studies
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107670570
    • length: 303 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Lord Rochester in the Restoration world: introduction Matthew C. Augustine and Steven N. Zwicker
    2. John Wilmot and the writing of 'Rochester' Jonathan Sawday
    3. From script to print: marketing Rochester Paul Davis
    4. Trading places: Lord Rochester, the Laureate, and the making of literary reputation Matthew C. Augustine
    5. Lord Rochester: a life in gossip Steven N. Zwicker
    6. Rochester and the satiric underground Nicholas von Maltzahn
    7. Rochester, the theatre, and restoration theatricality David Francis Taylor
    8. Rochester and the play of values Christopher Tilmouth
    9. Sexual and religious libertinism in Restoration England Tim Harris
    10. Sex and sovereignty in Rochester's writing Melissa E. Sanchez
    11. Rochester, Behn, and Enlightenment liberty Ros Ballaster
    12. Unfit to print: Rochester and the poetics of obscenity Tom Jones
    13. The perspective of Rochester's letters Nicholas Fisher
    14. Rochester and rhyme Tom Lockwood.

  • Editors

    Matthew C. Augustine, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Matthew C. Augustine is Lecturer in Late Seventeenth-Century English Literature at the University of St Andrews.

    Steven N. Zwicker, Washington University, St Louis
    Steven N. Zwicker is Stanley Elkin Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English at Washington University, St Louis.


    Matthew C. Augustine, Steven N. Zwicker, Jonathan Sawday, Paul Davis, Nicholas von Maltzahn, David Francis Taylor, Christopher Tilmouth, Tim Harris, Melissa E. Sanchez, Ros Ballaster, Tom Jones, Nicholas Fisher, Tom Lockwood

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