Catalogue

COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations.

Literature, gender and politics in Britain during the war for America, 1770-1785 /
Robert W. Jones.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
description
xi, 267 p. : Ill. 24 cm.
ISBN
1107007895 (hardback), 9781107007895 (hardback)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
isbn
1107007895 (hardback)
9781107007895 (hardback)
contents note
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. The character of opposition; 2. Edmund Burke and the law of empire; 3. The wounding of John Burgoyne; 4. Admiral Keppel and the honour of the nation; 5. Richard Brinsley Sheridan and the theatre of patriotism; 6. The victorious defeat of Thomas Chatterton; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.
abstract
"The successful performance of a particular kind of masculinity was critical to political life during the eighteenth century, when men who claimed membership of the public sphere were expected to be men of honour as well as property. By the 1770s, however, the transformative effects of commerce and the claims of politeness complicated older certainties. Robert Jones examines how the parliamentary Opposition and their literary allies responded to political pressures and the emergencies of a disastrous war by fashioning a new mode of politics based on a more flexible range of masculinities. Basing his study on close readings of Edmund Burke and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the trials of General Burgoyne and Admiral Keppel, and the Whig appropriation of Thomas Chatterton, Jones explores how Opposition discourse risked the charge of effeminacy in order to fuse the languages of honour and sensibility"--
"The years of the American crisis and its escalation into the War of American Independence are a period of uncertain, even eccentric developments. As Britain argued with her once loyal subjects the nation appeared mired in luxury, its economy bloated by the rampant successes of the Seven Years' War. Her merchants had grown wealthy, but her people, especially the elite, seemed enfeebled by idle pleasures. Fops and Macaroni pranced on the streets, sipped coffee and dressed appallingly. They did not seem to be the men to fight a war. Worrying comparisons with Roman luxury and decline soon became the common currency of debate. The struggle for the colonies would indeed prove disastrous, huge and embarrassing defeats, at Saratoga in 1777 and later at Yorktown, lead to the loss of some of Britain's most valuable possessions"--
catalogue key
8272245
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-262) and index.
A Look Inside
Summaries
Description for Bookstore
An exploration of British culture during the American War of Independence, focusing on the formation of competing notions of masculinity. Authors discussed include Burke, Reynolds, Sheridan and Chatterton. The book will interest scholars and students of literary and political discourse in the eighteenth century.
Main Description
The successful performance of a particular kind of masculinity was critical to political life during the eighteenth century, when men who claimed membership of the public sphere were expected to be men of honour as well as property. By the 1770s, however, the transformative effects of commerce and the claims of politeness complicated older certainties. Robert Jones examines how the parliamentary Opposition and their literary allies responded to political pressures and the emergencies of a disastrous war by fashioning a new mode of politics based on a more flexible range of masculinities. Basing his study on close readings of Edmund Burke and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the trials of General Burgoyne and Admiral Keppel, and the Whig appropriation of Thomas Chatterton, Jones explores how Opposition discourse risked the charge of effeminacy in order to fuse the languages of honour and sensibility.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The character of oppositionp. 13
Edmund Burke and the law of empirep. 49
The wounding of John Burgoynep. 84
Admiral Keppel and the honour of the nationp. 119
Richard Brinsley Sheridan and the theatre of patriotismp. 159
The victorious defeat of Thomas Chattertonp. 195
Epiloguep. 232
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 263
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem