- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-1389-4
- Pages: 272
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £85.00
- Published Date: August 2018
- BIC Category: United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Texts and Readers in the Age of Marvell offers fresh perspectives from leading and emerging scholars on seventeenth-century British literature, with a focus on the surprising ways that texts interacted with writers and readers at specific cultural moments. With an eye to the elusive and complicated Andrew Marvell as tutelary figure of the age, the contributors have provided nuanced and sophisticated readings of a range of seventeenth-century authors, often foregrounding the uncertainties and complexities with which these writers were faced as the remarkable events of these years moved swiftly around them. The essays make important contributions, both methodological and critical, to the field of early modern studies and include examinations of prominent seventeenth-century figures such as John Milton, Andrew Marvell, John Dryden and Edmund Waller.
Part I: Rethinking texts and readers
1 Impractical criticism: close reading and the contingencies of history
2 'Small portals': Marvell's Horatian Ode, print culture, and literary history
3 Marvell discovers the public sphere
4 Extraordinarily ordinary: Nehemiah Wallington's experimental method
Part II: Rethinking context
5 A sense of place: historicism, whither wilt?
6 Understanding experience: subjectivity, sex, and suffering in early modern England
7 Debating censorship: liberty and press control in the 1640s
8 'Armed winter, and inverted day': the politics of cold in Dryden and Purcell's King Arthur
Part III: Rethinking literary histories
9 The European Marvell
10 Waller, Tasso, and Marvell's Last Instructions to a Painter
11 Marvell's personal elegy? Rewriting Shakespeare in A Poem upon the Death of O. C.
12 How John Dryden read his Milton: The State of Innocence reconsidered
Matthew C. Augustine
Part IV: Afterword
On behalf of the Age of Andrew Marvell?
Steven N. Zwicker
Christopher D'Addario is Associate Professor of English at Gettysburg College
Matthew C. Augustine is a Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews