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The Secret History in Literature, 1660–1820

The Secret History in Literature, 1660–1820

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Rebecca Bullard, Michael McKeon, Martine W. Brownley, Erin Keating, David A. Brewer, Claudine van Hensbergen, Slaney Chadwick Ross, Melinda Alliker Rabb, Rivka Swenson, Ros Ballaster, Nicola Parsons, Eve Tavor Bannet, April London, Miranda Burgess, Allison Stedman, Antoinette Sol, Kevin Joel Berland, Gretchen J. Woertendyke, Rachel Carnell
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  • Date Published: March 2017
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  • Secret history, with its claim to expose secrets of state and the sexual intrigues of monarchs and ministers, alarmed and thrilled readers across Europe and America from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Scholars have recognised for some time the important position that the genre occupies within the literary and political culture of the Enlightenment. Of interest to students of British, French and American literature, as well as political and intellectual history, this new volume of essays demonstrates for the first time the extent of secret history's interaction with different literary traditions, including epic poetry, Restoration drama, periodicals, and slave narratives. It reveals secret history's impact on authors, readers, and the book trade in England, France, and America throughout the long eighteenth century. In doing so, it offers a case study for approaching questions of genre at moments when political and cultural shifts put strain on traditional generic categories.

    • Treats secret history as a dedicated subject of enquiry for the first time
    • Places secret history as a genre in both a geographical and cultural context, demonstrating its importance to literature and culture in eighteenth-century Europe and America
    • Allows readers access to a wide range of perspectives on secret history from leading researchers
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    'While it might be an exaggeration to say that there are two distinct histories of the secret history, there seem to be at least two styles of writing about it. The first is literary, and this tradition is best exemplified by Rebecca Bullard and Rachel Carnell’s remarkably wide-ranging and insightful collection of essays, The Secret History in Literature, 1660–1820.' Brian Cowan, Huntington Library Quarterly

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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108216395
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: reconsidering secret history Rebecca Bullard
    Part I. Seventeenth-Century England:
    1. Paradise Lost as a secret history Michael McKeon
    2. Secret history and seventeenth-century historiography Martine W. Brownley
    3. Secret history and restoration drama Erin Keating
    4. Secret history and allegory David A. Brewer
    5. Secret history and amatory fiction Claudine van Hensbergen
    6. Secret history and spy narratives Slaney Chadwick Ross
    Part II. Eighteenth-Century Britain:
    7. Secret history, parody, and satire Melinda Alliker Rabb
    8. Secret history and it-narrative Rivka Swenson
    9. Secret history, oriental tale, and fairy tale Ros Ballaster
    10. Secret history and the periodical Nicola Parsons
    11. Secret history and censorship Eve Tavor Bannet
    12. Secret history and anecdote April London
    13. Secret history in the Romantic period Miranda Burgess
    Part III. France and America:
    14. Secret history in pre-revolutionary France Allison Stedman
    15. Secret history in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century France Antoinette Sol
    16. Secret history in British North America and the early Republic Kevin Joel Berland
    17. Secret history in the early nineteenth-century Americas Gretchen J. Woertendyke
    Epilogue: secret history at the start of the twenty-first century Rachel Carnell.

  • Editors

    Rebecca Bullard, University of Reading
    Rebecca Bullard is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading. She is the author of The Politics of Disclosure, 1674–1725: Secret History Narratives (2009) and editor of The Fair Penitent and The Ambitious Step-Mother for The Plays and Poems of Nicholas Rowe, Volume 1 (2016).

    Rachel Carnell, Cleveland State University
    Rachel Carnell is a Professor of English at Cleveland State University, Ohio. Professor Carnell is the author of Partisan Politics, Narrative Realism and the Rise of the British Novel (2006), A Political Biography of Delarivier Manley (2008), and co-editor of the five-volume Selected Works of Delarivier Manley (with Ruth Herman, 2005). She has also had several research articles published on subjects such as secret history, Aphra Behn, Samuel Richardson and Eliza Haywood.

    Contributors

    Rebecca Bullard, Michael McKeon, Martine W. Brownley, Erin Keating, David A. Brewer, Claudine van Hensbergen, Slaney Chadwick Ross, Melinda Alliker Rabb, Rivka Swenson, Ros Ballaster, Nicola Parsons, Eve Tavor Bannet, April London, Miranda Burgess, Allison Stedman, Antoinette Sol, Kevin Joel Berland, Gretchen J. Woertendyke, Rachel Carnell

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