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Rochester and the pursuit of pleasure

By Larry D Carver

Rochester and the pursuit of pleasure
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  • ISBN: 9781526173676
  • Publish Date: Jun 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526173669
  • Publish Date: Jun 2024
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    Book Information

    • Format: eBook
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7366-9
    • Published Date: June 2024

    Description

    Rochester and the pursuit of pleasure provides a reading of Rochester's poems, dramatic works, and letters in a biographical context. In doing so, it sheds light on a central vexed issue in Rochester criticism, the relationship of the poet to his speaker. It also reveals that Rochester's work clusters about a central theme, the pursuit of pleasure, a pursuit motivated by a courtship of purity that grew out of Rochester's Christian and God-fearing upbringing. This rhetoric of courtship, in turn, reveals the unity of Rochester's work as the courtier and his various personae try to persuade his audiences, secular and divine, of his worth.

    Contents

    Introduction
    1 Interpreting Rochester
    2 'A Ramble in St. James's Park': The fall of the well-bred man
    3 Development of the satirist
    4 'Cripples in their Art': The major satires
    5 'Wise about my owne follyes': Lucina's Rape or the Tragedy of Vallentinian
    6 'The principal Disputant against God and Piety'
    Appendix: Authorship of Sodom
    Index

    Author

    Larry Carver is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

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