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Literature and utopian politics in seventeenth-century England /
Robert Appelbaum.
imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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xi, 256 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521009154
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imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
isbn
0521009154
catalogue key
4660866
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-11-01:
Applebaum (a postdoctoral student, Univ. of San Diego) examines epochs in English thought about utopias between 1603 and 1670. The author's chapter titles indicate the book's substance and theoretical slant: "The Look of Power" reaches from 1603 through Bacon (no year specified); "Utopian Experimentalism," from 1620 to 1638; "Reformation and Desolation" covers the 1640s; "Out of the 'True Nothing,'" 1649 to 1653; and "From Constitutionalism to Aestheticization," 1654 to 1670. Applebaum's rigorous analyses yield many interesting and trenchant insights. Even so, his book seems yet another "The Politics of [you name it] in Literature." The author appears unaware of an alternative to new historicism: neo-historicism (an approach delineated in Neo-Historicism: Studies in Renaissance Literature, History, and Politics, ed. by Robin Headlam Wells, Glenn Burgess, and Rowland Wymer, 2000). In addition, the book's narrow focus slights the subject matter. New imaginative worlds offer far more to the eye than simply power and politics. What about each utopia's folkways and mores (aptly discussed in More's Utopia) and its topographical beauty (e.g., Milton's portrayal of Eden in Paradise Lost IV)? In short, this is a good book, but it could be better. For graduate and research collections. M. W. Price Grove City College
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"Appelbaum has produced a gracefully written, well-conceived, and highly perceptive entry into seventeenth-century scholarship that bodes extremely well for future efforts in kind." Renaissance Quarterly
"Applebaum's rigorous analyses yield many interesting and trenchant insights... For graduate and research collections." Choice
''¦ thoughtful and scholarly study '¦ Breadth of texts distinguishes Appelbaum's work from earlier scholars of utopia '¦'.Literature & History
"With a surprising juxtaposition of texts and a compellingly coherent argument throughout, Appelbaum gives the seventeenth cetnru ya new shape. He collects together much material that has not been seen in close relation before, and he tellingly glues it together with his original defintion of utopian politics. This is an elegant book." Studies in English Literature
"...a well-documented and engaging discourse, Appelbaum provides a fresh reading of familiar authors..." Renaissance and Reformation
"...full of good things, rich in insight and interest." Utopian Studies
Review of the hardback: '... thoughtful and scholarly study ... Breadth of texts distinguishes Appelbaum's work from earlier scholars of utopia ...'. Literature & History
'... thoughtful and scholarly study ... Breadth of texts distinguishes Appelbaum's work from earlier scholars of utopia ...'. Literature & History
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Summaries
Main Description
Hundreds of writers in the seventeenth century imagined alternative ideal societies, they did this through imagined journeys to far-off territories - a world turned upside down or a world in the moon, and through serious disquisitions about the here and now, proposing how England itself could be made into a parliamentary 'Oceana' or a 'New Jerusalem'. Robert Appelbaum surveys literature from 1603 to the 1660s and shows how its ideal politics was engaged in the reality of political and social struggle. He also shows how paradoxical and self-defeating the exercise could be. In an era of change and political and religious conflict, writers asserted themselves as the authors of social and political ideals. But they also constructed systems in which the assertion of utopian mastery would have no place, and an ideal politics could no longer be imagined. This study will interest political and cultural historians as well as literary critics.
Description for Bookstore
Appelbaum surveys literature from 1603 to the 1660s and shows how its ideal politics was engaged in the reality of political and social struggle. This 2002 study will interest political and cultural historians, literary critics and social theorists.
Description for Bookstore
Appelbaum surveys literature from 1603 to the 1660s and shows how its ideal politics was engaged in the reality of political and social struggle. This study will interest political and cultural historians as well as literary critics.
Main Description
Appelbaum surveys literature from 1603 to the 1660s and shows how its ideal politics were engaged in the reality of political and social struggle. He also shows how self-defeating the exercise could be. In an era of political and religious conflict, writers asserted themselves as the authors of social and political ideals. But they also constructed systems in which the assertion of utopian mastery would have no place, and an ideal politics could no longer be imagined. This study will interest political and cultural historians as well as literary critics.
Description for Bookstore
Appelbaum surveys literature from 1603 to the 1660s and shows how its ideal politics was engaged in the reality of political and social struggle. He also shows how self-defeating the exercise could be. In an era of political and religious conflict, writers asserted themselves as the authors of social and political ideals. But they also constructed systems in which the assertion of utopian mastery would have no place, and an ideal politics could no longer be imagined. This study will interest political and cultural historians as well as literary critics.
Main Description
Hundreds of writers in the English-speaking world of the seventeenth-century imagined alternative ideal societies. Sometimes they did so by exploring fanciful territories, such as the world in the moon or the nations of the Antipodes; but sometimes they composed serious disquisitions about the here and now, proposing how England or its nascent colonies could be conceived of as an 'Oceana,' or a New Jerusalem. First published in 2002, this book provides a comprehensive view of the operations of the utopian imagination in literature from 1603 to the 1660s. Appealing to social theorists, literary critics, and political and cultural historians, this volume revises prevailing notions of the languages of hope and social dreaming in the making of British modernity during a century of political and intellectual upheaval.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The look of power
Utopian experimentalism, 1620âÇô1638
'Reformation' and 'desolation': the new horizons of the 1640s
Out of the 'true nothing', 1649âÇô1653
From constitutionalism to aestheticization, 1654âÇô1670
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Index
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