Digressive Voices in Early Modern English Literature looks afresh at major nondramatic texts by Donne, Marvell, Browne, Milton, and Dryden, whose digressive speakers are haunted by personal and public uncertainty. To digress in seventeenth-century England carried a range of meaning associated with deviation or departure from a course, subject, or standard. This book demonstrates that early modern writers trained in verbal contest developed richly
labyrinthine voices that captured the ambiguities of political occasion and aristocratic patronage while anatomizing enemies and mourning personal loss. Anne Cotterill turns current sensitivity toward the silenced voice to argue that rhetorical amplitude might suggest anxieties about speech and attack for men forced to
be competitive yet circumspect as they made their voices heard.
`Cotterill has chosen her texts carefully.'
Times Literary Supplement
`an impressive volume, deserving the attention of all who are concerned with English literature from Donne to Swift.'
Modern Law Review
1: Breathless: Digression and Survival in 1 Henry VI
2: 'Motion in Corruption': Digression and Descent in Donne's Anniversaries
3: Marvell's Watery Maze: Digression and Discovery at Nun Appleton
4: Sounding 'Wisdom's Way': Digression and Delay in Paradise Lost
5: Parenthesis at the Center: Digression and Mystery in The Hind and the Panther
6: The Devious Progress of Satire: Digression and Vengeance in Dryden's Late Preface
7: Dislocation, Dipossession, and the Voice Come Home: An Epilogue on the 'Modern' Digression
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.5
Weight (kg): 1.12