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William Cobbett : the politics of style /
Leonora Nattrass.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
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xiii, 249 p.
ISBN
0521460360
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
isbn
0521460360
catalogue key
787091
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-07:
Long remembered for Rural Rides, Cobbett is one of those names that have hovered over remote fringes of studies in Romanticism. Nattrass (Nottingham Trent Univ.) offers a much more expansive figure, presented via analyses of Cobbett's writings and their heterogeneous elements. No longer an author merely to be hauled by the heels into commentary concerning the picturesque, Cobbett is portrayed as speaking significantly to issues of religion, politics, law, and labor. His links with Edward Coke, Edmund Burke, and Thomas Paine are assessed, as are his ties with the better-known British Romantics in the next generation--notably William Hazlitt, though Nattrass ranges from Scott and Wordsworth to pre-Victorian Grundy promoters in this respect. A true Romantic, Cobbett repeatedly focuses on himself as subject (shades of the egotistical sublime). Nattrass illuminates Cobbett's employment of vulgar characters, vernacular language, and aspects of popular culture overall. Bakhtinian theory informs Nattrass's analyses of Cobbett's writings as regards narrative strategies. This book merits a place among the growing number of important studies of Cobbett that have appeared these past 20 years (included in Nattrass's bibliography). It should appeal to those familiar with the man and his work, and it should lure readers into engaging that corpus. Upper-division undergraduate; graduate; researchers. B. F. Fisher IV; University of Mississippi
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'[This] valuable book makes it possible even for those who find Cobbett's ideas in themselves too often naive, wrongheaded, or repellent, to continue to admire his art. It also goes far to account for Cobbett's undoubtedly enormous influence in his day.'James Sambrook, Romanticism
‘[This] valuable book makes it possible even for those who find Cobbett’s ideas in themselves too often naive, wrongheaded, or repellent, to continue to admire his art. It also goes far to account for Cobbett’s undoubtedly enormous influence in his day.’James Sambrook, Romanticism
'[This] valuable book makes it possible even for those who find Cobbett's ideas in themselves too often naive, wrongheaded, or repellent, to continue to admire his art. It also goes far to account for Cobbett's undoubtedly enormous influence in his day.' James Sambrook, Romanticism
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This book offers a thoroughgoing literary analysis of William Cobbett as a writer. Leonora Nattrass explores the nature and effect of Cobbett's rhetorical strategies, through close examination of a broad selection of his polemical writings from his early American journalism onwards. She examines the political implications of Cobbett's style within the broader context of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century political prose, and argues that his perceived ideological and stylistic flaws - inconsistency, bigotry, egoism and political nostalgia - are in fact strategies designed to appeal to a range of usually polarized reading audiences.
Main Description
This book offers a thoroughgoing literary analysis of William Cobbett as a writer. Leonora Nattrass explores the nature and effect of Cobbett's rhetorical strategies, showing through close examination of a broad selection of his polemical writings (from his early American journalism onwards) the complexity, self-consciousness and skill of his stylistic procedures. Her close readings examine the political implications of Cobbett's style within the broader context of eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century political prose, and argue that his perceived ideological and stylistic flaws - inconsistency, bigotry, egoism and political nostalgia - are in fact rhetorical strategies designed to appeal to a range of usually polarized reading audiences. This re-reading revises a critical concensus that Cobbett is an unselfconscious populist whose writings reflect rather than challenge the ideological paradoxes and problems of his time.
Main Description
This book offers the first thoroughgoing literary analysis of William Cobbett as a writer. Leonora Nattrass explores the nature and effect of Cobbett's rhetorical strategies, through close examination of a broad selection of his polemical writings from his early American journalism onward. She examines the political implications of Cobbett's style within the broader context of eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century political prose, and argues that his perceived ideological and stylistic flaws--inconsistency, bigotry, egoism and political nostalgia--are in fact strategies designed to appeal to a range of usually polarized reading audiences.
Description for Bookstore
This book offers the first thoroughgoing literary analysis of William Cobbett as a writer. Leonora Nattrass explores the nature and effect of Cobbett's rhetorical strategies, through close examination of a broad selection of his polemical writings from his early American journalism onwards. She examines the political implications of Cobbett's style within the broader context of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century political prose, and argues that his perceived ideological and stylistic flaws SH inconsistency, bigotry, egoism and political nostalgia SH are in fact strategies designed to appeal to a range of usually polarised reading audiences.
Description for Bookstore
This book offers a thoroughgoing literary analysis of William Cobbett as a writer. Leonora Nattrass explores the nature and effect of Cobbett's rhetorical strategies, through close examination of a broad selection of his polemical works, from his early American journalism onwards, in the context of contemporary political writing.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
A chronology of Cobbett's life
Introduction: change and continuity
The Creation of Cobbett
Early writings 1792-1800
A version of reaction
Oppositional styles 1804-1816
Representing Old England
Cobbett and His Audience
Dialogue and debate
A radical history
Tracts and teaching
Constituting the nation
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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