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.
1 A comprehensive overview of the field is offered by Jan-Pieter Barbian, The PoliticsofLiterature 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).
. ‘Francis Mulhern’, writes Parry, ‘has proposed
that a “socialist politicsofliterature” 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
Postcolonial theoretical politics
postcolonial literary cultures, and suggests an insularity that has no place
in radical theory’ (p. 51
’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
texts and readers in the age of marvell
Since at least the 1980s, there has been a steady stream of excellent work
on the politicsofliterature and the literature of politics in
1991), pp. 36–54, citing unpublished research by Peter
On secrecy see also Jonathan Goldberg, James
I and the PoliticsofLiterature (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 1983), pp. 55–111; and, with reference
to Shakespeare, Mark Thornton Burnett, ‘The “Heart of
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 politicsofliterature, art and culture. Stripped down
’, Journal of the Warburg and
Courtauld Institutes xxx (1967), 180.
135 Goldberg, James I and the PoliticsofLiterature, 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.
Theatre and Empire
137 Speed, Theatre of the Empire ..., p. 884.
138 William Drummond, Forth Feasting. A Panegyricke to the kings most excellent
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 politicsofliterature and science
The shifting value of classical mythology in Love’s Mistress
See the chronological table in Veevers,
Images of Love and Religion ; and Kevin Sharpe,
Criticism and Compliment: The PoliticsofLiterature in the
England of Charles I (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
1990 ), pp. 212–19. Like Rowland with Love