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Since 1980s, there has been a steady stream of excellent work on the politics of literature and the literature of politics in seventeenth century England. Work on Andrew Marvell has seen a resurgence in the new millennium, driven by landmark scholarly editions of both his poetry and his prose. This book invites readers to entertain the prospect of placing Marvell at the centre of the literary landscape, exploring how such placement would shift people's perceptions of seventeenth-century literary culture. It presents a collection of essays that are divided into three sections. The first section asks readers to consider novel ways in which early modern and contemporary readers have conceived of texts and their position in the public world of print consumption and critical practice. It focuses on the relationship between literary texts and their historical moments, aesthetics, contextualisation of the religious, political, or social and Marvell's lasting awareness of and fascination with the public. The second section outlines seventeenth-century accounts and perceptions of child abuse, and the problems of identifying and recounting the experience of abuse and the broader significance of the appeal to Marvell of European poetry. The last section takes up issues of literary relations between prominent authors of the century. It illustrates how Marvell's depiction also stands in relation to Dutch representations of de Ruyter's victory, which emphasised the martial heroism as well as the negative consequences of the English monarchy's economic policies.

Victoria Stiles

conversation. Notes 1 A comprehensive overview of the field is offered by Jan-Pieter Barbian, The Politics of Literature in Nazi Germany: Books in the Media Dictatorship , trans. Kate Sturge (London: Bloomsbury, 2013). 2 Hellmuth Langenbucher (ed.), Die Welt des Buches: Eine Kunde vom Buch (Ebenhausen bei Munchen: Langewiesche-Brandt, 1938).

in The free speech wars
Critique and utopia in Benita Parry’s thought
Laura Chrisman

. ‘Francis Mulhern’, writes Parry, ‘has proposed that a “socialist politics of literature” be constructed from the writings of western women. This exorbitant demand on the work of first world women to effect the subversion of the west’s cultural hegemony ... displays a parochial perspective on the sources of “alternative” literary modes, which is indifferent to the implosions being made … by chapter11 21/12/04 166 11:28 am Page 166 Postcolonial theoretical politics postcolonial literary cultures, and suggests an insularity that has no place in radical theory’ (p. 51

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Christopher D’Addario

’s return to England in 1651 upon the publication of Leviathan has at times been regarded as a personal enactment of the political theories espoused in his treatise; we tend to object strenuously to any charges of opportunism or ideological backsliding on Milton’s part, seeing it as uncharacteristic of his rigorous sense of political and religious principle; as for Dryden, well …1 1 texts and readers in the age of marvell Since at least the 1980s, there has been a steady stream of excellent work on the politics of literature and the literature of politics in

in Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell
Shakespeare and King James
Neil Rhodes

, 1991), pp. 36–54, citing unpublished research by Peter Beal. 5 On secrecy see also Jonathan Goldberg, James I and the Politics of Literature (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983), pp. 55–111; and, with reference to Shakespeare, Mark Thornton Burnett, ‘The “Heart of the Mystery

in Shakespeare and Scotland
Stephen Orgel

an enlightening discussion, is cited in Jonathan Goldberg, James I and the Politics of Literature (Baltimore, MD, 1983), pp. 28ff. 4 Harington, Nugae Antiquae , p. 360. 5

in Spectacular Performances
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Aesthetics, fragmentation and community
Simon Malpas

art criticism the focus has fallen, as Jean-Luc Nancy argues, on the creation or reception of works and texts. Theories of genius, authorial psychology and the material or historical conditions of production have revalued the creative processes that give rise to art in a range of different ways. Equally, important questions about reception that deal with notions of canonicity, ideology and the construction of subjectivities in texts have been generated by critical movements that seek to investigate the politics of literature, art and culture. Stripped down to a

in The new aestheticism
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Tristan Marshall

’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes xxx (1967), 180. 135 Goldberg, James I and the Politics of Literature, p. 47. 136 John Gordon, England and Scotlands Happinesse (London, 1604), sig. B3V (p. 6). Maxwell too sought a return to the Church as it had been in the days of Constantine. See James Maxwell, A New Eight-Fold Probation of the Church of Englands Diuine Constitution (London, 1617), sig. A4. 49 Theatre and Empire 137 Speed, Theatre of the Empire ..., p. 884. 138 William Drummond, Forth Feasting. A Panegyricke to the kings most excellent majestie

in Theatre and empire
David Amigoni

it is included in one of Bennett’s few direct and indeed radical discussions of scientific writing, published in 1907; but it also illustrates the way in which the continuation of a tradition of popular magazine publication could act as a nexus of ideological exchange and social thinking, positioned as it was between the fiction market and Victorian traditions of scientific writing in the long nineteenth century. Penny magazines, ‘rising storms’ and the politics of literature and science Spencer’s First

in Interventions
The shifting value of classical mythology in Love’s Mistress
Charlotte Coffin

edition. 77 See the chronological table in Veevers, Images of Love and Religion ; and Kevin Sharpe, Criticism and Compliment: The Politics of Literature in the England of Charles I (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990 [1987]), pp. 212–19. Like Rowland with Love

in Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries