Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell

Edited by Christopher D'Addario and Matthew C. Augustine

Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell


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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1389-4
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: August 2018
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Early Modern Literature, Literature, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh


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.


'A collection which actually ranges far beyond Marvell's own works and usefully investigates a variety of modes of writing and reading in the later seventeenth century.'
The Seventeenth Century


Christopher D'Addario
Part I: Rethinking texts and readers
1 Impractical criticism: close reading and the contingencies of history
Michael Schoenfeldt
2 'Small portals': Marvell's Horatian Ode, print culture, and literary history
Joad Raymond
3 Marvell discovers the public sphere
Michael McKeon
4 Extraordinarily ordinary: Nehemiah Wallington's experimental method
Kathleen Lynch
Part II: Rethinking context
5 A sense of place: historicism, whither wilt?
Christopher D'Addario
6 Understanding experience: subjectivity, sex, and suffering in early modern England
Derek Hirst
7 Debating censorship: liberty and press control in the 1640s
Randy Robertson
8 'Armed winter, and inverted day': the politics of cold in Dryden and Purcell's King Arthur
Anne Cotterill
Part III: Rethinking literary histories
9 The European Marvell
Nigel Smith
10 Waller, Tasso, and Marvell's Last Instructions to a Painter
Timothy Raylor
11 Marvell's personal elegy? Rewriting Shakespeare in A Poem upon the Death of O. C.
Alex Garganigo
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

Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell

Edited by Christopher D'Addario, Matthew C. Augustine

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