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In this wide-ranging study, Su Fang Ng analyses the language and metaphors used to describe the relationship between politics and the family in both literary and political writings and offers a fresh perspective on how seventeenth-century literature reflected as well as influenced political thought.


Introduction: strange bedfellows: patriarchalism and revolutionary thought; Part I. Revolutionary Debates: 1. Father-Kings and Amazon Queens; 2. Milton's band of brothers; 3. Hobbes and the absent family; 4. Cromwellian fatherhood and its discontents; Part II. Restoration Imaginings: Interchapter: Revolutionary legacies; 5. Execrable sons and second Adams: family politics in Paradise Lost; 6. Marriage and monarchy: Margaret Cavendish's Blazing World and the fictions of Queenly rule; 7. Marriage and discipline in early Quakerism; Epilogue: the family-state analogy's eighteenth-century afterlife.


"Reading across the boundaries of political affiliation and genre, this book brilliantly elucidates the variable and hotly-contested nature of parallels between family and state in this turbulent period. Literature and the Politics of Family will prove invaluable to scholars of seventeenth-century literature, political culture, and gender politics."
-Catherine Gray, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Renaissance Quarterly

"This book is a significant contribution to the much examined and discussed 'history of the family' in early modern studies of the past forty years. That in itself is an accomplishment."
-Robert A. Erickson, Department of English at University of California

"...Ng’s monograph will be of interest to scholars working in disparate areas of seventeenth-century studies, since it brings together issues and texts from literature, political theory, history, religion, and gender studies."

"In sum, this is a strong and ambitious monograph and a serious and considered contribution to renewed interdisciplinary study of the familial analogy."
-Sue Wiseman,Birkbeck College,University of London

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