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Country house discourse in early modern England : a cultural study of landscape and legitimacy /
Kari Boyd McBride.
imprint
Aldershot, Hants., England ; Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate, c2001.
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vii, 191 p. : ill.
ISBN
0754603814 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Aldershot, Hants., England ; Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate, c2001.
isbn
0754603814 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4626347
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-06-01:
At the heart of this excellent book are a series of fresh readings of classic 17th-century country-house poems, from Ben Jonson and Aemelia Lanyer through the Civil War period to Andrew Marvell, Katherine Phillips, and Edmund Waller. Equally useful--and what justifies the word "discourse" in McBride's title--is her prefatory survey of the best recent work in social history, domestic architecture, and political theory bearing on the country estate as shifting political symbol from the time of Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries through to the Stuart Restoration. So armed, McBride (women's studies, Univ. of Arizona) adds new richness to the understanding of classic texts, especially in her discussion of the changing roles of women and blacks within gentry and noble households. The book is written to be accessible to undergraduates, yet its summaries of material from diverse fields (and full bibliography) will make it useful to students of literature at every level. The book's price is too high, but this is a work of original synthesis that college and university libraries will wish to own. D. L. Patey Smith College
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McBride provides new perspectives on the roles of the country house discourse she identifies, linking it with a number of larger historical shifts during the time period. Her interdisciplinary focus allows her to bring together a wide range of material - including architecture, poetry, oil painting, economic and social history, and proscriptive literature - in order to examine their complex interrelationship, revealing connections unexplored in more narrowly focused studies.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Mapping Country House Politicsp. 1
The Dissolution of Legitimacyp. 17
Home Economicsp. 47
Good Housekeepingp. 93
Simulacra of the Country Housep. 138
Bibliographyp. 172
Indexp. 182
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