The Political Ideologies of Revolutionary Prose Romance

Amelia Zurcher

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

The Political Ideologies of Revolutionary Prose Romance

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This article examines the political ideology of prose romance in the 1650s and 1660s. It considers what in the political and intellectual culture of the latter part of the revolutionary period that contributed to the popularity of these narratives. It suggests that romance became compelling in the revolutionary period at least in part because it offered a forum for a varied and flexible royalist consideration of interest, a concept that in these decades served as the focus for political and moral-philosophical discussion across the ideological spectrum of such problems as the relation between individual and community and the nature of political bonds. Romance also achieved such currency in the 1650s and 1660s, because it sought to rehabilitate the narrative genre of history.

Keywords: political ideology; prose romances; early modern romance; history

Article.  8119 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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