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Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660

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ISBN-10: 0300071531

ISBN-13: 9780300071535

Edition: 1997

Authors: Nigel Smith

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The years of the English Civil War and Interregnum constituted a turning point not only in the political, social and religious history of 17th century England, but also in the use and meaning of English language and literature.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 442
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

NIGEL SMITH has been a journalist, busker, TV comedy producer and script writer, winning an award for his BBC 4 radio comedy, Vent, based on his own life-threatening brain illness. More importantly, he has been -- and still is -- an embarrassing Dad. Much like Natalia Buttface, his three children are continually mortified by his ill-advised trousers, comedic hats, low quality jokes, poorly chosen motor vehicles, unique sense of direction and unfortunate ukulele playing. Unlike his hero Ivor Bumole, he doesn't write Christmas cracker jokes for a living. Yet.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Dissent Refracted: Text, Genre and Society 1640-60
Writing, Publishing and Reading in the War
Unstable Parameters
Public Fora
Rhetoric, Politics and Religion
The Meaning of the Centre
Discourse from Below: The Levellers, the City and the Army
Political Theory as Aesthetics: Hobbes, Harrington, Winstanley
The Free State in Letters: Republicanism Comes Out
Mythologising Calamity: Genres in Revolution
Heroic Work
The Instrumentality of Lyrics
Satire: Whose Property?
Calamity as Narrative