Laura Lunger Knoppers

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature


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This introductory article first sets out the purpose of this book, which is to expand the range of texts normally considered under the rubric of the literary to include cookery books and conversion narratives, prophecy and political theory, polemical prose and dramatic dialogue. The book examines not only the political and religious ideas but the imaginative and aesthetic qualities of writings from the republicanism of James Harrington and Marchamont Nedham, to the royalism of Thomas Hobbes, to the radical formulations of Gerrard Winstanley, John Lilburne, Abiezer Coppe, Anna Trapnel, and Margaret Fell. The article then discusses the literature of the English Revolution; the definition of ‘literature’ in considering literature and the English Revolution; the impact of printed texts on public opinion; and the readers of printed texts in the 1640s and 1650s. The organization and structure of this book is also described.

Keywords: English Revolution; literature; public opinion; readers

Article.  11785 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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