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  • Page extent: 264 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.56 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 827/.409358
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PR934 .M38 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Satire, English--History and criticism
    • English prose literature--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism
    • Great Britain--History--Early Stuarts, 1603-1649--Historiography
    • Politics and literature--Great Britain--History--17th century
    • Literature and state--Great Britain--History--17th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521814959 | ISBN-10: 0521814952)

Andrew McRae examines the relation between literature and politics at a pivotal moment in English history. He argues that the most influential and incisive political satire in this period may be found in manuscript libels, scurrilous pamphlets and a range of other material written and circulated under the threat of censorship. These are the unauthorised texts of early Stuart England. From his analysis of these texts, McRae argues that satire, as the pre-eminent literary mode of discrimination and stigmatisation, helped people make sense of the confusing political conditions of the early Stuart era. It did so partly through personal attacks and partly also through sophisticated interventions into ongoing political and ideological debates. In such forms satire provided resources through which contemporary writers could define new models of political identity and construct new discourses of dissent. This book wil be of interest to political and literary historians alike.


Acknowledgements; Conventions; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Personal Politics: 1. The culture of early Stuart libelling; 2. Contesting identities: libels and the early Stuart politician; Part II. Public Politics: 3. Freeing the tongue and the heart: satire and the political subject; 4. Discourses of discrimination: political satire in the 1620s; Part III. The Politics of Division: 5. Satire and sycophancy: Richard Corbett and early Stuart Royalism; 6. Stigmatising Prynne: Puritanism and politics in the 1630s; Epilogue: early Stuart satire and the Civil War; Bibliography; Index.

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