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Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart State


  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100427

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  • Andrew McRae examines the relation between literature and politics at a pivotal moment in English history. He argues that the most influential and incisive political satire in this period may be found in manuscript libels, scurrilous pamphlets and a range of other material written and circulated under the threat of censorship. These are the unauthorised texts of early Stuart England. From his analysis of these texts, McRae argues that satire, as the pre-eminent literary mode of discrimination and stigmatisation, helped people make sense of the confusing political conditions of the early Stuart era. It did so partly through personal attacks and partly also through sophisticated interventions into ongoing political and ideological debates. In such forms satire provided resources through which contemporary writers could define new models of political identity and construct new discourses of dissent. This book wil be of interest to political and literary historians alike.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100427
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Personal Politics:
    1. The culture of early Stuart libelling
    2. Contesting identities: libels and the early Stuart politician
    Part II. Public Politics:
    3. Freeing the tongue and the heart: satire and the political subject
    4. Discourses of discrimination: political satire in the 1620s
    Part III. The Politics of Division:
    5. Satire and sycophancy: Richard Corbett and early Stuart Royalism
    6. Stigmatising Prynne: Puritanism and politics in the 1630s
    Epilogue: early Stuart satire and the Civil War

  • Author

    Andrew McRae, University of Exeter
    Andrew McRae is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Exeter. He is the author of God Speed the Plough: the Representation of Agrarian England, 1500–1660 (Cambridge, 1996) and Renaissance Drama (2003), and co-editor of The Writing of Rural England 1500–1800 (2003).

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