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Emergent Nation: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1660–1714

Volume 3

Part of Early Modern Literature in Transition

Elizabeth Sauer, Denise Gigante, Mark Blackwell, David Rosen ‎and Aaron Santesso, Marcie Frank, Clement Hawes, Melinda S. Zook, Ramesh Mallipeddi, Suvir Kaul, Margaret Kean, Bridget Orr, James Steintrager, Christopher Tilmouth, Helen Thompson, Sean Silver, Robert Markley, Kevin L. Cope,William Poole, Jennifer Brady, Pat Rogers
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  • Publication planned for: March 2021
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108436861

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  • The years 1660 to 1714 represent a fraught transitional period, one caught between two now dominant periodization rubrics: early modern and the long eighteenth century. Containing narratives of disruption, restoration, and reconfiguration, Emergent Nation: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1660–1714 explores the conjunctions and disjunctions between historical and literary developments in this period, when the sociable, rivalrous textual world of letters registered and accelerated changes. Each of the volume's four parts highlights the relationship of various literary forms to a different kind of transformation - generic, ideological, cultural, or local. The five chapters in each section rigorously probe the conditions that affected the period's literary transformations, and interrogate the traditions that canonical and less established writers inherited, adapted, and often challenged. In making a case for an early mimetically produced English nation, this book, through its concentration on literary evidence and transitions also makes innovative contributions to an understanding of nationalism in the period.

    • Highlights a different kind of literary change - generic, ideological, cultural, or local - across the Long Restoration era
    • Renegotiates the divide between the early modern and eighteenth century
    • Demonstrates new ways of gauging the literary forms of early nationhood
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    • Publication planned for: March 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108436861
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2021
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: national transitions, literary transitions Elizabeth Sauer
    Part I. Generic Transitions:
    1. Pedantry and party politics: essays in the public sphere Denise Gigante
    2. 'Familiar things … made new': epic and mock-epic verse, 1660–1714 Mark Blackwell
    3. The satiric contract David Rosen ‎and Aaron Santesso
    4. Tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy and the incubation of new genres:
    1660–1714 Marcie Frank
    5. Travel literature and the emergent nation Clement Hawes
    Part II. Ideological Transitions:
    6. Literature, religion and party politics, 1660–1714 Melinda S. Zook
    7. The dissidence of dissent in late seventeenth-century English literature Elizabeth Sauer
    8. Power and profit: literature and the English commercial empire, 1651–1714 Ramesh Mallipeddi
    9. 'Heaven's center, nature's lap': literary models of nation and empire, 1660–1714 Suvir Kaul
    10. Brave new world: a Restoration debate Margaret Kean
    Part III. Cultural Transitions:
    11. Female wits and the late Stuart stage Bridget Orr
    12. Deregulating the libertine mind: wine, wit, and wanton fancy James Steintrager
    13. After libertinism: the passions of the polite Christian hero Christopher Tilmouth
    14. Chymistry, primary qualities, and empirical knowledge Helen Thompson
    15. Information and irony Sean Silver
    Part IV. Local Transitions:
    16. Nation and environment in Britain, 1660–1705 Robert Markley
    17. Creating the territories of recreation: parks, squares, and the exotic in London's little wilderness Kevin L. Cope
    18. Early English sinology, 1577–1688 William Poole
    19. John Dryden and Anne Killigrew: postmortems on the Restoration Jennifer Brady
    ‎20. In defense of the short eighteenth century:
    1714 as year zero Pat Rogers.

  • Editor

    Elizabeth Sauer, Brock University, Ontario
    Elizabeth Sauer, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and Professor of English at Brock University, Ontario, is past President of the Milton Society of America. Recent publications include Women's Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain, co-ed. (forthcoming); Milton in the Americas, co-ed. (2017); Milton, Toleration, and Nationhood (Cambridge, 2014); The New Milton Criticism, co-ed. (Cambridge, 2012); Reading the Nation in English Literature co-ed. (2010); Milton and Toleration, co-ed. (2007; Milton Society of America book award); Milton and the Climates of Reading, ed. (2006; CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title); 'Paper-contestations' and Textual Communities in England (2005); and Reading Early Modern Women, co-ed. (2004, awarded SSEMW Best Collaborative Work).

    Contributors

    Elizabeth Sauer, Denise Gigante, Mark Blackwell, David Rosen ‎and Aaron Santesso, Marcie Frank, Clement Hawes, Melinda S. Zook, Ramesh Mallipeddi, Suvir Kaul, Margaret Kean, Bridget Orr, James Steintrager, Christopher Tilmouth, Helen Thompson, Sean Silver, Robert Markley, Kevin L. Cope,William Poole, Jennifer Brady, Pat Rogers

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