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Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England - Derek Hirst

Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England

By: Derek Hirst (Editor), Richard Strier (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th February 2000
ISBN: 9780521661751
Number Of Pages: 246

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This volume focuses on the relationship between writing and public concerns in seventeenth-century England before, during, and after the civil wars and revolution of the mid-century. The distinguished list of contributors represent a variety of disciplines - political science, social and political history and literary critics - but they share an intense concern with the relationship between the act of writing and the political and public issues of this extraordinary period. The essays suggest that in the seventeenth century the private and public intersected so thoroughly that ostensibly 'private' writing was engaged with public issues and public rhetoric, while on the other hand, political writing was deeply involved with questions of style and inward conscience. This volume illuminates the complex issues of 'public' and 'private', 'art' and 'conscience' in the seventeenth century.

"Astute new insights...clearly written, thoughtful, and compelling." Renaissance Quarterly "It amply justifies the editors' claim that old-fashioned formalistic analysis can still provide a valuable tool of historical research. Jackson Cope provides an interesting analysis of the allegorical autobiography of the courtier Sir Kenelm Digby." H-Net Reviews "This is a thoroughly rewarding collection..." Sixteenth Century Journal

Introduction
æI am powerÆ: ænormalÆ and magical politics in The Tempest
æVoid of storieÆ: the struggle for insincerity in HerbertÆs prose and poetry
Meditating Providence: Sir Kenelm DigbyÆs rewritings of his life
Thomas Hobbes and the Renaissance Studia humanitatis
Conscience satisfied: casuistry and allegiance in the
Thomas May and the narrative of Civil War
Samuel Parker, Andrew Marvell and political culture, 1667-73
æOur author, who delights in monstersÆ: SidneyÆs Discourses on political images and royalist iconography
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ISBN: 9780521661751
ISBN-10: 0521661757
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 13th February 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.53