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The Literature of Politics

Frank Shuffelton

in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195187274
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195187274.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 The Literature of Politics

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The main focus of this article is on the literature of politics. The American Revolution took place in the eighteenth century which irked many a revolutionary to pen down protests, libels, and agitations in the form of pamphlets. The revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This article reflects upon some of the protest literature that emerged during the great American Revolution. Revolutionary origins, appealing variously to irrational passion, typically fail to take into consideration that the concept of identity is itself available in different versions. Jonathan Mayhew's sermon A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission attacked the “mysterious Doctrine of the Prince's Saintship and Martyrdom” that was being promulgated from the center of the Anglican establishment in King's Chapel. The declaration of independence saw the production of more such literature. Thus, the four decades of political writing that began with charges and fears about phantoms and phantasms ended with an embrace of indeterminacy.

Keywords: literature; literature of politics; American Revolution; pamphlets; protest literature

Article.  12858 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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