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Exile and Journey in Seventeenth-Century Literature
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  • Page extent: 208 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 810.9/358
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR438.E95 D33 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English literature--Early modern, 10-1700--History and criticism
    • Exile (Punishment) in literature
    • Politics and literature--Great Britain--History--17th century
    • Literature and society--Great Britain--History--17th century
    • American literature--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521870290)

The political and religious upheavals of the seventeenth century caused an unprecedented number of people to emigrate, voluntarily or not, from England. Among these exiles were some of the most important authors in the Anglo-American canon. In this 2007 book, Christopher D'Addario explores how early modern authors thought and wrote about the experience of exile in relation both to their lost homeland and to the new communities they created for themselves abroad. He analyses the writings of first-generation New England Puritans, the Royalists in France during the English Civil War, and the 'interior exiles' of John Milton and John Dryden. D'Addario explores the nature of artistic creation from the religious and political margins of early modern England, and in doing so, provides detailed insight into the psychological and material pressures of displacement and a much overdue study of the importance of exile to the development of early modern literature.

• Comparative perspective on English literature as well as Puritan and continental writers • A fresh discussion of themes of exile in Milton and Dryden • Contributes to the growing interest in themes of exile and displacement

Contents

The 'remanance' of the past: the early modern text in exile; 1. Nostalgia and nationalism in New English literature; 2. Exile and the semantic education of Thomas Hobbes; 3. The expulsion from Paradise: Milton, epic and the Restoration exiles; 4. Sybill's Leaves: Dryden and the historiography of exile; Epilogue.

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