Marvell discovers the public sphere
in Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell
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The printed publication that Hickeringill refers to in the epigraph is The Rehearsal Transpros'd by Andrew Marvell, published in two parts in 1672 and 1673, which responded to several works by Samuel Parker. Marvell lacked full distance on the phenomenon of the public sphere because he wrote in the very process of its emergence into cultural consciousness. Parker's cynically confident deployment of figuration and accommodation is also a chief target of Marvell's critical intelligence. This intricately analogous interplay of terms - those of parody, figuration, and accommodation - gives Marvell a potent weapon for exposing Parker's arrogance that is absent from Buckingham's armoury. Marvell's sensitivity to the significance of print, which helps foster his consciousness of the public sphere, is to some degree an effect of Parker's sensitivity to it.

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