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The Cambridge companion to English literature, 1650-1740
Zwicker, Steven N.
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xxiii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
England 1649-1750 : differences contained? / John Spurr - Satire, lampoon, libel, slander / Michael Seidel -- Gender, literature, and gendering literature in the Restoration / Margaret A. Doody -- Theatrical culture I : politics and theatre / Jessica Munns -- Theatrical culture 2 : theatre and music / James A. Winn -- Lyric forms / Joshua Scodel -- Classical texts : translations and transformations / Paul Hammond -- "The islands watchful centinel" : anti-Catholicism and proto-Whiggery in Milton and Marvell / Cedric C. Brown -- John Dryden / Steven N. Zwicker -- John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester / Ros Ballaster -- The authorial ciphers of Aphra Behn / Margaret Ferguson -- Swift, Defoe, and narrative forms / John Mullan -- Mary Astell and John Locke / Patricia Springsborg -- Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and the literature of social comment / Donna Landry.
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This volume offers an account of English literary culture in one of its most volatile and politically engaged moments. From the work of Milton and Marvell in the 1650s and 1660s through the brilliant careers of Dryden, Rochester, and Behn, Locke and Astell, Swift and Defoe, Pope and Montagu, the pressures and extremes of social, political, and sexual experience are everywhere reflected in literary texts: in the daring lyrics and intricate political allegories of this age, in the vitriol and bristling topicality of its satires as well as in the imaginative flight of its mock epics, fictions, and heroic verse. The volume's chronologies and select bibliographies will guide the reader through texts and events, while the fourteen essays commissioned for this Companion will allow us to read the period anew.

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Zwicker (Washington Univ., St. Louis) imposed no stultifying uniformity on the 14 contributors to this new Cambridge Companion. Though the pieces differ greatly in breadth of coverage, approach, and length, this introduction to the period as a whole succeeds nicely. Not all the contributors manage to avoid dreary textbook exposition on the one hand, or jazzy journal jargon on the other. But most do: the typical piece reads like a very effective lecture by a scholar deeply taken with the subject. Paul Hammond's essay on classical translations is a little gem. Some chapters cover an individual author's entire career--Dryden, the Earl of Rochester, Aphra Behn (probingly discussed by Margaret Ferguson)--others pair authors-- Milton and Marvell as proto-Whigs; Swift and Defoe; Mary Astell and John Locke; Pope and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Zwicker includes a chapter each on several topics: the general social and political movement in the period; satire, politics, and theater; theater and music; gender; and lyric. Graduate students working up a topic--and professors working up a lecture--will find this volume most useful, but it is recommended for all academic collections serving upper-division undergraduates and above. Full notes; helpful bibliographies. E. D. Hill; Mount Holyoke College

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Part I Contexts and Modes
1 England 1649-1750: differences contained?John Spurr
2 Satire, lampoon, libel, slanderMichael Seidel
3 Gender, literature, and gendering literature in the RestorationMargaret ADoody
4 Theatrical culture I: politics and theatreJessica Munns
5 Theatrical culture II: theatre and musicJames AWinn
6 Lyric formsJoshua Scodel
7 Classical texts: translations and transformationsPaul Hammond
Part II Writers
8 'This Islands watchful Centinel': anti-Catholicism and proto-WhiggeryMilton and Marvell Cedric CBrown
9 John DrydenSteven NZwicker
10 Earl of Rochester Ros BallasterJohn Wilmot
11 The authorial ciphers of AphraBehn Margaret Ferguson
12 Swift, Defoe, and narrative formsJohn Mullan
13 Mary Astell and John LockePatricia Springborg
14 Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and the literature of social commentDonna Landry