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Home and Nation in British Literature from the English to the French Revolutions

A. D. Cousins, Geoffrey Payne, L. E. Semler, Helen Wilcox, Nigel Smith, Abigail Williams, William Walker, Pat Rogers, Evan Gottlieb, Catherine Ingrassia, David Punter, Daniel I. O'Neill, David Fallon, Gary Kelly, Dani Napton
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107645493


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  • In a world of conflicting nationalist claims, mass displacements and asylum-seeking, a great many people are looking for 'home' or struggling to establish the 'nation'. These were also important preoccupations between the English and the French revolutions: a period when Britain was first at war within itself, then achieved a confident if precarious equilibrium, and finally seemed to have come once more to the edge of overthrow. In the century and a half between revolution experienced and revolution observed, the impulse to identify or implicitly appropriate home and nation was elemental to British literature. This wide-ranging study by international scholars provides an innovative and thorough account of writings that vigorously contested notions and images of the nation and of private domestic space within it, tracing the larger patterns of debate, while at the same time exploring how particular writers situated themselves within it and gave it shape.

    • Provides an overview and innovative analysis of the contest for home and nation during key periods of political and social unrest
    • Discusses a wide range of texts by key writers, including Samuel Pepys, Alexander Pope, Jane Austen and John Keats
    • Traces larger patterns of debate and explores how particular writers situated themselves within it and gave it shape
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107645493
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction A. D. Cousins and Geoffrey Payne
    Part I. The English Revolution and the Interregnum:
    2. Nation, nature, and poetics: transitions and claspes in Denham's 'Cooper's Hill' and Cavendish's Poems and Fancies L. E. Semler
    3. Home and nation in Andrew Marvell's Bermudas A. D. Cousins
    4. Anne Clifford and Samuel Pepys: diaries and homes Helen Wilcox
    5. Home and away in the poetry of Andrew Marvell and some of his influences and contemporaries Nigel Smith
    Part II. Restoration, Glorious Revolution, and Hanoverian Succession:
    6. 'Home to our People': nation and kingship in late seventeenth-century political verse Abigail Williams
    7. 'Yet Israel still serves': home and nation in Milton's Samson Agonistes William Walker
    8. 'A thing remote': Defoe and the home in the metropolis and New World Geoffrey Payne
    9. Pope's homes: London, Windsor Forest, and Twickenham Pat Rogers
    10. Samuel Johnson and London Evan Gottlieb
    11. Contesting 'home' in eighteenth-century women's verse Catherine Ingrassia
    12. Home, homeland and the Gothic David Punter
    Part III. Revolution in France, Reaction in Britain:
    13. Contesting the homeland: Burke and Wollstonecraft Daniel I. O'Neill
    14. Homelands: Blake, Albion, and the French Revolution David Fallon
    15. Jane Austen and the modern home Gary Kelly
    16. 'All things have a home but one': exile and aspiration, pastoral and political in Shelley's The Mask of Anarchy and Keats's 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'To Autumn' Geoffrey Payne
    17. Sir Walter Scott: home, nation, and the denial of revolution Dani Napton
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editors

    A. D. Cousins, Macquarie University, Sydney
    A. D. Cousins is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Member of the Order of Australia. He has published thirteen books in America and England, including monographs on Thomas More, Shakespeare's non-dramatic verse, and religious verse of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is on the Editorial Board of Moreana, the international journal of More and Erasmus studies, and of the Journal of Language, Literature and Culture (JLLC) (formerly AUMLA).

    Geoffrey Payne, Macquarie University, Sydney
    Geoffrey Payne is Lecturer in the Department of English at Macquarie University, Australia. He served as treasurer for the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association from 2008 to 2013 and was Managing Editor of their journal (AUMLA) between 2008 and 2011. His first book, Dark Imaginings: Ideology and Darkness in the Poetry of Lord Byron, was published in 2008.


    A. D. Cousins, Geoffrey Payne, L. E. Semler, Helen Wilcox, Nigel Smith, Abigail Williams, William Walker, Pat Rogers, Evan Gottlieb, Catherine Ingrassia, David Punter, Daniel I. O'Neill, David Fallon, Gary Kelly, Dani Napton

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