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Protest in the Long Eighteenth Century

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ISBN 9781032004914
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited collection of essays focuses on the topic of protest during the Enlightenment of the long eighteenth century (roughly 1670-1833).

Resistance in the eighteenth century was extensive, and the act of protest to foment meaningful societal change took on many forms from the circulation of ballads, swearing of oaths, to riots and work stoppages, or the composition of essays, novels, posters, caricatures, political cartoons, as well as theater and opera. The contributors to this volume examine the causes of protest as well as the broad ways in which common artifacts such as poles, trees, drums, conchs, and songs acted as flashpoints for conflict and vehicles of protest. Rather than approaching the topic with strict geographical, temporal, and structural limitations, this book focuses on the time period from an international perspective and an interdisciplinary scope.

 Because of its wide scope, this book is an important contribution to the subject that will be of interest to both faculty and students of the history of protest, resistance and the changes that these forces bring as it also reminds us that the protests of today are rooted in historical resistances of the past.

Table of Contents

Introduction They Were Warned, and yet They Persisted ; Part I: Obnoxious, Disorderly, and Defiant: Reaction and Counterreaction ; 1. "So Many People of all Sorts Rose in Opposition": Examining the Diversity of Participants in Colonial Crowd Action ; 2. "The Sovereign Right of Thinking": Opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts in Song ; 3. Liberty Poles and the Contested Right of Protest in America’s Founding Era ;4. The American Founders against Protest: Non-Violent Farmers, Political Theology, and the Fabrication of Shays’s Rebellion ; Part II: The Rhetoric of Protest: The Imbrication of Literature and Social Protest ; 5. Staging Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Theater. The Case of Merope between Republicanism and Absolutism ; 6. The Marquis de Sade and Twisted Political Protest ;  7. The Rhetoric of Protest in the Satirical Works of Cadalso and Jovellanos ; Part III: Taxes, Tariffs, and Trade Wars: Resisting Unpopular Policies ; 8. The Hancocks’ Tea Trade and Origins of the American Revolution ; 9. "The basis of Alienation will never be healed": The Historicity of Protest in Ezra Stiles’ Stamp Act Notebook ; 10. "The War of Nullification": Imagining Disunion in South Carolina 1828-1833 ; 11. Hunger, Protest, and the Madrid Famine of 1811: Francisco de Goya’s Disasters of War and José Aparicio’s El año del hambre de Madrid ; Part IV: Images, Oaths, and Hell: Symbolic Acts of Popular Dissidence ; 12. Hell is Over: Poetry and Protest in the Folksong Jarabe Gatuno in Eighteenth Century Mexico ; 13. Oaths and Social Protest in Ireland, 1761-1776, by Kevin Murphy ; 14. Discontented, Disquieting, Disturbing: The Ephemeral as Symbols of Popular Resistance in Spain

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Yvonne Fuentes is Associate Professor of Spanish at University of West Georgia. She authored El triángulo sentimental en el drama del siglo dieciocho (1999); Mártires y anticristos: Análisis bibliográfico sobre la Revolución francesa en España (2006); and coedited Leading Ladies: Mujeres en la literatura hispana y en las artes (2006).

Mark R. Malin is Professor Emeritus of Spanish at Randolph-Macon College. He has presented and published on eighteenth-century literature, with a particular interest in the novel and specifically the Spanish epistolary novel of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Among other publications, he authored a critical edition of Estanislao de Cosca Vayo’s Voyleano, o exaltación de las pasiones (2007).