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Studies in Early Modern English Literature: Studies in Early Modern English Literature

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The series focuses on literary writing of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Its objectives are to examine the individuals, trends, and channels of influence of the period between the Renaissance and the rise of Romanticism. During this period the English novel was invented, poetry began to tackle its unsteady relationship with non-literary discourse, and post-Shakespearean drama reinvented itself. Alongside studies of established figures, the series aims to include books on important but lesser-known writers and those who are acknowledged as significant but given slight attention: typically, William Cartwright, James Shirley, John Denham, Edmund Waller, Isaac Watts, Matthew Prior, William D. Avenant, Mark Akenside and John Dyer. Also of particular interest are studies of the development of literary criticism in this period, monographs which deal with the conditions and practicalities of writing including the practices of the publishing trade and financial and social circumstances of writing as a profession and books which give special attention to the relationship between literature and other arts and discourses. Monographs on a variety of writers and topics will be accepted; authors are invited to combine the best traditions of detailed research with astute critical analysis. The use of contemporary theoretical approaches will be acceptable, but every book will be founded primarily upon historical, biographical and textual scholarship.

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Johnson's Critical Presence Image, History, Judgment

Johnson's Critical Presence: Image, History, Judgment

1st Edition

By Philip Smallwood
January 28, 2004

Samuel Johnson remains one of the most frequently discussed and cited of the eighteenth-century critics; but historians of criticism have invariably interpreted his work within conventions that have allowed for little evaluative commerce between the needs of the critical present and the voices of ...

English Travel Narratives in the Eighteenth Century Exploring Genres

English Travel Narratives in the Eighteenth Century: Exploring Genres

1st Edition

By Jean Viviès
November 10, 2016

The eighteenth century, commonly described as the age of the novel, is also the golden age of travel narratives. In this English edition of Le Récit de voyage en Angleterre au XVIIIe siècle, the genre of the travel narrative receives a treatment based on its development in close relationship with ...

Enlightenment and Romance in James Macpherson’s The Poems of Ossian Myth, Genre and Cultural Change

Enlightenment and Romance in James Macpherson’s The Poems of Ossian: Myth, Genre and Cultural Change

1st Edition

By Dafydd Moore
November 28, 2003

This study examines the relationship between Enlightenment and romance through the work of James Macpherson and in particular his The Poems of Ossian. By re-reading Macpherson's work in ways not restricted by the sterile and by now largely settled debates over authenticity, Moore establishes ...

Mock-Heroic from Butler to Cowper An English Genre and Discourse

Mock-Heroic from Butler to Cowper: An English Genre and Discourse

1st Edition

By Richard Terry
March 18, 2005

Mock-heroic is the exemplary genre of the English Augustan era: it is one of the few genres that the Augustans invented themselves, and it stands in a symbolic relation to a culture still reverential of the grandeurs of the classical past and uneasy about its ability to emulate them. Mock-Heroic ...

Sterne’s Whimsical Theatres of Language Orality, Gesture, Literacy

Sterne’s Whimsical Theatres of Language: Orality, Gesture, Literacy

1st Edition

By Alexis Tadié
March 27, 2003

This study addresses the intricate links between oral culture and literate culture in the eighteenth century. Tadié traces how perceptions and representations of language move from a dominance of the spoken work to a dominance of the written word; and this is echoed in the order of the five ...

The Discourse of Sovereignty, Hobbes to Fielding The State of Nature and the Nature of the State

The Discourse of Sovereignty, Hobbes to Fielding: The State of Nature and the Nature of the State

1st Edition

By Stuart Sim, David Walker
April 28, 2003

In this new study the authors examine a range of theories about the state of nature in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, considering the contribution they made to the period's discourse on sovereignty and their impact on literary activity. Texts examined include Leviathan, Oceana, ...

Thomas Durfey and Restoration Drama The Work of a Forgotten Writer

Thomas Durfey and Restoration Drama: The Work of a Forgotten Writer

1st Edition

By John McVeagh
November 17, 2000

Though once a favourite of no fewer than four English monarchs, Restoration playwright Thomas Durfey has long been neglected by scholars. In his own day he had a lowly reputation in the world of polite letters - before his death his plays had more or less ceased to be produced; his 'serious' poems...

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