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The Seventeenth Century : The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1603-1700 - Graham Parry

The Seventeenth Century

The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1603-1700

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The first part of this work is devoted to the arts as an expression of cultural attitudes. The author emphasizes the importance of court culture because of its importance throughout most of the century as the focus of the nation's cultural energies and as a great source of patronage. The second part of the book looks at developments in the areas of science, religion and political theory. The author includes a chapter on antiquarianism, as one of the notable features of 17th century intellectual life was the resourcefulness with which the national past was explored and the findings applied to the present. Throughout the book there are biographical sketches of representative individuals. This work is part of the "Longman literature in English series" which aims to provide students of literature with a critical introduction to the major genres in their historical and cultural context from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day and includes literature from all over the English-speaking world. The book is considered an ideal reference work for upper school or undergraduate students studying the literature, history or politics of the 17th century and for Open University students on the Arts Foundation course.

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"...utterly absorbing...The author's range and depth of knowledge is everywhere apparent, and the book is so well written that it would be difficult not to share some of his fascination with and love of the subject." Review of English Studies

The character of Jacobean kingship, 1603-25
The iconography of Charles I, 1625-49
The arts in Stuart England
Biography - Sir Henry Wotton, Lady Anne Clifford
Cultural life during the Civil Wars and the Commonwealth, 1642-5
The Restoration ethos, 1660-88
Biography - John Evelyn
The scientific milieu
Biography - Sir Kenelm Digby
Antiquarianism - the relevance of the past
Varieties of religious experience
Biography - Sir Thomas Browne, Richard Baxter
Political theory
General bibliographies: cultural and intellectual history, religion, politics and political thought, the scientific movement, art and architecture, music, social history
Individual authors
Notes on biography, major works and criticism
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ISBN: 9780582493766
ISBN-10: 0582493765
Series: Longman Literature in English Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 28th March 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1