1st Edition

Protest in the Long Eighteenth Century

Edited By Yvonne Fuentes, Mark R. Malin Copyright 2021
    296 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    They Were Warned, and yet They Persisted, by Yvonne Fuentes and Mark R. Malin

    Part I: Obnoxious, Disorderly, and Defiant: Reaction and Counterreaction

    Chapter 1. "So Many People of all Sorts Rose in Opposition": Examining the Diversity of Participants in Colonial Crowd Action, by Molly Perry

    Chapter 2. "The Sovereign Right of Thinking": Opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts in Song, by Laura Lohman

    Chapter 3. Liberty Poles and the Contested Right of Protest in America’s Founding Era, by Shira Lurie

    Chapter 4. The American Founders against Protest: Non-Violent Farmers, Political Theology, and the Fabrication of Shays’s Rebellion, by Barry Levy

    Part II: The Rhetoric of Protest: The Imbrication of Literature and Social Protest

    Chapter 5. Staging Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Theater. The Case of Merope between Republicanism and Absolutism, by Enrico Zucchi

    Chapter 6. The Marquis de Sade and Twisted Political Protest, by Melissa A. Deininger

    Chapter 7. The Rhetoric of Protest in the Satirical Works of Cadalso and Jovellanos, by Matthieu P. Raillard

    Part III: Taxes, Tariffs, and Trade Wars: Resisting Unpopular Policies

    Chapter 8. The Hancocks’ Tea Trade and Origins of the American Revolution, by Simon H. Sun

    Chapter 9. "The basis of Alienation will never be healed": The Historicity of Protest in Ezra Stiles’ Stamp Act Notebook, by Abby Chandler

    Chapter 10. "The War of Nullification": Imagining Disunion in South Carolina 1828-1833, by Brian Neumann

    Chapter 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, by Irene Gómez-Castellano

    Part IV: Images, Oaths, and Hell: Symbolic Acts of Popular Dissidence

    Chapter 12. Hell is Over: Poetry and Protest in the Folksong Jarabe Gatuno in Eighteenth Century Mexico, by Elena Deanda-Camacho

    Chapter 13. Oaths and Social Protest in Ireland, 1761-1776, by Kevin Murphy

    Chapter 14. Discontented, Disquieting, Disturbing: The Ephemeral as Symbols of Popular Resistance in Spain, by Sara Muñoz-Muriana


    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).