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William Cobbett : The Politics of Style - Leonora Nattrass

William Cobbett

The Politics of Style

Hardcover Published: 27th January 1995
ISBN: 9780521460361
Number Of Pages: 264

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This book offers the first thoroughgoing literary analysis of William Cobbett as a writer. Leonora Nattrass explores the nature and effect of Cobbett's rhetorical strategies, showing through close examination of a broad selection of his polemical writings (from his early American journalism onwards) the complexity, self-consciousness and skill of his stylistic procedures. Her close readings examine the political implications of Cobbett's style within the broader context of eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century political prose, and argue that his perceived ideological and stylistic flaws - inconsistency, bigotry, egoism and political nostalgia - are in fact rhetorical strategies designed to appeal to a range of usually polarised reading audiences. This re-reading revises a prevailing critical concensus that Cobbett is an unselfconscious populist whose writings reflect rather than challenge the ideological paradoxes and problems of his time.

'[This] valuable book makes it possible even for those who find Cobbett's ideas in themselves too often naive, wrongheaded, or repellent, to continue to admire his art. It also goes far to account for Cobbett's undoubtedly enormous influence in his day.' James Sambrook, Romanticism

Acknowledgements
A chronology of Cobbett's life
Introduction: change and continuity
The Creation of Cobbett
Early writings 1792-1800
A version of reaction
Oppositional styles 1804-1816
Representing Old England
Cobbett and His Audience
Dialogue and debate
A radical history
Tracts and teaching
Constituting the nation
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521460361
ISBN-10: 0521460360
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 27th January 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56