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The Resource Milton and the revolutionary reader, Sharon Achinstein

Milton and the revolutionary reader, Sharon Achinstein

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Milton and the revolutionary reader
Title
Milton and the revolutionary reader
Statement of responsibility
Sharon Achinstein
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The English Revolution was a revolution in reading, with over 22,000 pamphlets exploding from the presses between 1640 and 1661. What this phenomenon meant to the political life of the nation is the subject of Sharon Achinstein's book. Considering a wide range of writers, from John Milton, Thomas Hobbes, John Lilburne, John Cleveland, and William Prynne to a host of anonymous scribblers of every political stripe, Achinstein shows how the unprecedented outpouring of opinion in mid-seventeenth-century England created a new class of activist readers and thus helped to bring about a revolution in the form and content of political debate. By giving particular attention to Milton's participation in this burst of publishing, she challenges critics to look at his literary practices as constitutive of the political culture of his age. Traditional accounts of the rise of the political subject have emphasized high political theory. Achinstein seeks instead to picture the political subject from the perspective of the street, where the noisy, scrappy, and always entertaining output of pamphleteers may have had a greater impact on political practice than any work of political theory. As she underscores the rhetorical, literary, and even utopian dimension of these writers' efforts to politicize their readers, Achinstein offers us evidence of the kind of ideological conflict that historians of the period often overlook. A portrait of early modern propaganda, her work recreates the awakening of politicians to the use of the press to influence public opinion
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Achinstein, Sharon
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Literature in history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Milton, John
  • Politics and literature
  • Literature and history
  • Revolutionary literature, English
  • Books and reading
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Label
Milton and the revolutionary reader, Sharon Achinstein
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction ---- 1. Revolution in Print: Lilburne's Jury, Areopagitica, and the Conscientious Public --- 2. Royalist Reactions: John Cleveland, Babel, and the Divine Right of Language --- 3. Debate and the Drama of Politics in the Public Sphere --- 4. Reading in the Revolution: Eikonoklastes and the Battle of Perspectives --- 5. Milton and the Fit Reader: Paradise Lost and the Parliament of Hell ---- Conclusion
Control code
29877528
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 272 pages
Isbn
9780691034904
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1620365
Label
Milton and the revolutionary reader, Sharon Achinstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction ---- 1. Revolution in Print: Lilburne's Jury, Areopagitica, and the Conscientious Public --- 2. Royalist Reactions: John Cleveland, Babel, and the Divine Right of Language --- 3. Debate and the Drama of Politics in the Public Sphere --- 4. Reading in the Revolution: Eikonoklastes and the Battle of Perspectives --- 5. Milton and the Fit Reader: Paradise Lost and the Parliament of Hell ---- Conclusion
Control code
29877528
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 272 pages
Isbn
9780691034904
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1620365

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