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A history of seventeenth-century English literature /
Thomas N. Corns.
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Malden, MA : Blackwell, 2007.
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xi, 463 p. : ill.
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0631221697 (alk. paper), 9780631221692 (alk. paper)
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Malden, MA : Blackwell, 2007.
isbn
0631221697 (alk. paper)
9780631221692 (alk. paper)
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5377326
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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om Corns's book is the first of its kind to attempt to relate literature to the history of its time not merely in broad abstract terms but in specific detail. He discusses individual works in such a way that they reoccupy their rightful place among the social and political events of their time. And so they come freshly alive. This is not the only story that could be told about literature, but it is one not to be ignored.lastair Fowler, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburghhomas Corns has written an exceptionally fine and remarkably ambitious history of seventeenth-century English literary culture. One of its great virtues is that this history begins with the late Elizabethan period and extends its account to the very end of the seventeenth century, thereby crossing and reexamining traditional boundaries of literary historical periodisation. Corns deftly illuminates the distinctive aesthetic achievements of seventeenth-century English writers, while precisely situating their works in their social, political, and religious contexts, as well as in relation to the other arts. Students and scholars alike will find this new, wide-ranging literary history of the period invaluable. It is an outstanding achievement. David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tom Corns 's book is the first of its kind to attempt to relate literature to the history of its time not merely in broad abstract terms but in specific detail. He discusses individual works in such a way that they reoccupy their rightful place among the social and political events of their time. And so they come freshly alive. This is not the only story that could be told about literature, but it is one not to be ignored. Alastair Fowler, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh Thomas Corns has written an exceptionally fine and remarkably ambitious history of seventeenth-century English literary culture. One of its great virtues is that this history begins with the late Elizabethan period and extends its account to the very end of the seventeenth century, thereby crossing and reexamining traditional boundaries of literary historical periodisation. Corns deftly illuminates the distinctive aesthetic achievements of seventeenth-century English writers, while precisely situating their works in their social, political, and religious contexts, as well as in relation to the other arts. Students and scholars alike will find this new, wide-ranging literary history of the period invaluable. It is an outstanding achievement. David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tom Corns & 's book is the first of its kind to attempt to relate literature to the history of its time not merely in broad abstract terms but in specific detail. He discusses individual works in such a way that they reoccupy their rightful place among the social and political events of their time. And so they come freshly alive. This is not the only story that could be told about literature, but it is one not to be ignored.Alastair Fowler, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of EdinburghThomas Corns has written an exceptionally fine and remarkably ambitious history of seventeenth-century English literary culture. One of its great virtues is that this history begins with the late Elizabethan period and extends its account to the very end of the seventeenth century, thereby crossing and reexamining traditional boundaries of literary historical periodisation. Corns deftly illuminates the distinctive aesthetic achievements of seventeenth-century English writers, while precisely situating their works in their social, political, and religious contexts, as well as in relation to the other arts. Students and scholars alike will find this new, wide-ranging literary history of the period invaluable. It is an outstanding achievement. David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tom Corns's book is the first of its kind to attempt to relate literature to the history of its time not merely in broad abstract terms but in specific detail. He discusses individual works in such a way that they reoccupy their rightful place among the social and political events of their time. And so they come freshly alive. This is not the only story that could be told about literature, but it is one not to be ignored.Alastair Fowler, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of EdinburghThomas Corns has written an exceptionally fine and remarkably ambitious history of seventeenth-century English literary culture. One of its great virtues is that this history begins with the late Elizabethan period and extends its account to the very end of the seventeenth century, thereby crossing and reexamining traditional boundaries of literary historical periodisation. Corns deftly illuminates the distinctive aesthetic achievements of seventeenth-century English writers, while precisely situating their works in their social, political, and religious contexts, as well as in relation to the other arts. Students and scholars alike will find this new, wide-ranging literary history of the period invaluable. It is an outstanding achievement. David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"This "handbook" is, perhaps, more "textbook" than "reference book", but it is well done and would be a useful resource for undergraduate libraries." ( Reference Reviews , 2011) Tom Corns's book is the first of its kind to attempt to relate literature to the history of its time not merely in broad abstract terms but in specific detail. He discusses individual works in such a way that they reoccupy their rightful place among the social and political events of their time. And so they come freshly alive. This is not the only story that could be told about literature, but it is one not to be ignored. Alastair Fowler, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh Thomas Corns has written an exceptionally fine and remarkably ambitious history of seventeenth-century English literary culture. One of its great virtues is that this history begins with the late Elizabethan period and extends its account to the very end of the seventeenth century, thereby crossing and reexamining traditional boundaries of literary historical periodisation. Corns deftly illuminates the distinctive aesthetic achievements of seventeenth-century English writers, while precisely situating their works in their social, political, and religious contexts, as well as in relation to the other arts. Students and scholars alike will find this new, wide-ranging literary history of the period invaluable. It is an outstanding achievement. David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tom Corns's book is the first of its kind to attempt to relate literature to the history of its time not merely in broad abstract terms but in specific detail. He discusses individual works in such a way that they reoccupy their rightful place among the social and political events of their time. And so they come freshly alive. This is not the only story that could be told about literature, but it is one not to be ignored. Alastair Fowler, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh Thomas Corns has written an exceptionally fine and remarkably ambitious history of seventeenth-century English literary culture. One of its great virtues is that this history begins with the late Elizabethan period and extends its account to the very end of the seventeenth century, thereby crossing and reexamining traditional boundaries of literary historical periodisation. Corns deftly illuminates the distinctive aesthetic achievements of seventeenth-century English writers, while precisely situating their works in their social, political, and religious contexts, as well as in relation to the other arts. Students and scholars alike will find this new, wide-ranging literary history of the period invaluable. It is an outstanding achievement. David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Summaries
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A History of Seventeenth-century English Literature outlines significant developments in the English literary tradition over a fascinating century of change and continuities. After a thorough consideration of the conditions for literary production and consumption in the early seventeenth century, this volume continues with the major dynastic disruption of the end of the house of Tudor and the inception of the Stuart era, bringing with it major shifts in patterns of patronage and significant readjustments in dominant religious and political ideologies. Central chapters deal with the glittering court culture of Charles I (and reactions to it), with the cultural impact of the Civil War, and with the complex challenges the Restoration posed to writers across the political spectrum. It ends with the completion of the Williamite revolution, which reorders cultural relations within the ruling elite, marks a new phase for dissenting writers, alters the nature of press control, and coincides with the transformation of the reading public.
Back Cover Copy
A History of Seventeenth-century English Literature outlines significant developments in the English literary tradition over a fascinating century of change and continuities.After a thorough consideration of the conditions for literary production and consumption in the early seventeenth century, this volume continues with the major dynastic disruption of the end of the house of Tudor and the inception of the Stuart era, bringing with it major shifts in patterns of patronage and significant readjustments in dominant religious and political ideologies. Central chapters deal with the glittering court culture of Charles I (and reactions to it), with the cultural impact of the Civil War, and with the complex challenges the Restoration posed to writers across the political spectrum. It ends with the completion of the Williamite revolution, which reorders cultural relations within the ruling elite, marks a new phase for dissenting writers, alters the nature of press control, and coincides with the transformation of the reading public.
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Thomas Corns considers the physical conditions of literary production and consumption in 17th century England and looks at the complex political, religious, cultural and social pressures on writers at that time. The book also features close critical engagement with major authors and texts.
Main Description
A History of Seventeenth-Century English Literature outlines significant developments in the English literary tradition between the years 1603 and 1690.After a thorough consideration of the conditions for literary production and consumption in the early seventeenth century, this volume continues with the major dynastic disruption of the end of the house of Tudor and the inception of the Stuart era, bringing with it major shifts in patterns of patronage and significant readjustments in dominant religious and political ideologies. Central chapters deal with the glittering court culture of Charles I (and reactions to it), with the cultural impact of the Civil War, and with the complex challenges the Restoration posed to writers across the political spectrum. It ends with the completion of the Williamite revolution, which reorders cultural relations within the ruling elite, marks a new phase for dissenting writers, alters the nature of press control, and coincides with the transformation of the reading public.
Main Description
A History of Seventeenth-century Literature outlines significant developments in the English literary tradition between the years 1603 and 1690.After a thorough consideration of the conditions for literary production and consumption in the early seventeenth century, this volume continues with the major dynastic disruption of the end of the house of Tudor and the inception of the Stuart era, bringing with it major shifts in patterns of patronage and significant readjustments in dominant religious and political ideologies. Central chapters deal with the glittering court culture of Charles I (and reactions to it), with the cultural impact of the Civil War, and with the complex challenges the Restoration posed to writers across the political spectrum. It ends with the completion of the Williamite revolution, which reorders cultural relations within the ruling elite, marks a new phase for dissenting writers, alters the nature of press control, and coincides with the transformation of the reading public.
Main Description
A History of Seventeenth-century Literature outlines significant developments in the English literary tradition between the years 1603 and 1690. An energetic and provocative history of English literature from 1603-1690. Part of the major Blackwell History of English Literature series. Locates seventeenth-century English literature in its social and cultural contexts. Considers the physical conditions of literary production and consumption. Looks at the complex political, religious, cultural and social pressures on seventeenth-century writers. Features close critical engagement with major authors and texts. Thomas Corns is a major international authority on Milton, the Caroline Court, and the political literature of the English Civil War and the Interregnum.
Main Description
A History of Seventeenth-century Literature outlines significant developments in the English literary tradition between the years 1603 and 1690. An energetic and provocative history of English literature from 1603-1690. Part of the major Blackwell History of English Literature series. Locates seventeenth-century English literature in its social and cultural contexts. Considers the physical conditions of literary production and consumption. Looks at the complex political, religious, cultural and social pressures on seventeenth-century writers. Features close critical engagement with major authors and texts Thomas Corns is a major international authority on Milton, the Caroline Court, and the political literature of the English Civil War and the Interregnum.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface
The Last Years of Elizabeth I: Before March 1603
Literary Consumption and Production
Latin, Neo-Latin and English
Manuscript, Performance, Print
The Press and its Controls
The Final Years of Elizabethan Theatre
Patronage and Court Culture
From the Accession of James I to the Defenestration of Prague: March 1603 to May 1618
Changes and Continuities
The Making of the Royal Courts
Masques and Other Court Entertainments
Early Jacobean Theatre
Jacobean Shakespeare
Other Drama
Non-Dramatic Poetry
Non-Fictional Prose
From the Defenestration of Prague to the Personal Rule: May 1618 to March 1629
Continental Wars
Three Funerals and a Wedding
Masques and Pageants
Plays and Players
Poetry and Prose Romance
Non-Fictional Prose
News
The Literature of the Personal Rule: March 1629 to April 1640
The Making of the Caroline Court
Masques of the Personal Rule
Other Entertainments
Music and Literature at the Caroline Court
Themes, Occasions and Conversations
From Manuscript to Print.Plays and Players
Literature and Laudianism.George Herbert
The Emblem Books of Quarles and Wither
Early Milton
From the Short Parliament to the Restoration: April 1640 to May 1660
Events and Consequences
Royalist Poetry
Crashaw and Vaughan
Mid-Century Drama
Sir Thomas Browne
Poetry for Parliament and Protectorate
Pamphlet Wars
Newspapers
The Literature of the Rule of Charles II: May 1660 to February 1685
Dissent, Popery, and Arbitrary Government
Theatre of the Rule of Charles II
Rochesterism
The Poetry of Dryden and Butler
Marvell after 1660
Bunyan, Pepys, and Sprat
Milton, St Nicholas, and Hutchinson
Katherine Philips and Margaret Cavendish
From the succession of James II: After February 1685
James II and the Williamite Revolution
Aphra Behn: The Late Works
Dryden and James II
After 1690
Bibliography
Index
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