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


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2793-8
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: August 2018
  • BIC Category: Literature, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, 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.


Introduction, Christopher D'Addario and Matthew Augustine

I Models and Paradigms

1. 'Historicism Wither Thou?,' Christopher D'Addario, Gettysburg College
2. 'Impractical Criticism,' Michael Schoenfeldt, University of Michigan
3. 'Reading and Counting: Censorship in the 1640s,' Randy Robertson, Susquehanna University

II Novel Encounters: New Contexts for Seventeenth-Century Literature

4. 'The Endangered Child: Authority and Abuse in the Seventeenth-Century Schoolroom,' Derek Hirst, Washington University in St. Louis
5. 'Nehemiah Wallington ,' Kathleen Lynch, Folger Shakespeare Library
6. 'Andrew Marvell and European Poetry,' Nigel Smith, Princeton University
7. 'Waller, Tasso, and Marvell's Last Instructions,' Timothy Raylor, Carleton College
8. 'Demonic Cold: Dryden and Purcell's King Arthur and English National Identity,' Anne Cotteril, Missouri University of Science and Technology

III Strange Points and New: Revisionist Literary Histories

9. 'Small Portals: Marvell's Horatian Ode, Print Culture and Literary History,' Joad Raymond, University of East Anglia
10. 'How John Dryden Read His Milton,' Matthew Augustin, University of St. Andrews
11. 'Marvell Beyond Himself: From The Rehearsal Transpos'd to A Tale of A Tub, Michael McKeon, Rutgers University

12. 'Afterward,' Steven Zwicker, Washington University of St. Louis

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