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God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660 - Past and Present Publications (Paperback)
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God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660 - Past and Present Publications (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 12/09/2002
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This book presents a fresh view of crucial processes of change, offering through an interdisciplinary analysis, fresh insights into both the history and literature of the land in early modern England. In the period 1500 to 1660 the practices and values of rural England were exposed to unprecedented challenges. Within this context a wide variety of commentators examined and debated the changing conditions, a process documented in the pages of sermons, pamphlets, satiric verse and drama, husbandry and surveying manuals, chorographical tracts, and rural poetry. The book argues that important movements revised assumptions about agrarian England, and shaped bold new appreciations of rural life. While Tudor moralists responded to social crises by asserting ideals of rural stability and community, by the seventeenth century a discourse of improvement promoted divergent notions of thrift and property.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521524667
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"...a recent entry in this notable field, and, while nothing can replace acquaintace with primary texts, it may be recommended as an excellent place to start." Studies in English Literature
"The work is characterized by an admirably thorough and ingenuous reading across several genres of printed works." The Sixteenth Century Journal
"God Speed the Plough is an innovative and important testimony to the value of interdisciplinary work, which incontestably succeeds in its object of demonstrating "the role of literature as an agent of social change"." Lorna Hutson
"In his emphasis on generic particularity on the social and ideological entailments of certain ways of writing, McRae provides a more valuable example of what the new interdisciplinarity can do: not erase difference in a world of homogenized idea, but rather reveal differences, how they have been constructed, and why they matter." Richard Helgerson, University of California
"God Speed the Plough is an innovative and important testimony to the value of interdisciplinary work, which incontestably succeeds in its object of demonstrating 'the role of literture as an agent of social change'." JLS
"McRae provides a valuable example of what the new interdisciplinary can do: not erase difference in a world of homogenized idea, but rather reveal differences, how they have been constructed, and why they matter. And when all this is accomplished with refernce to matters as significant as the use and distribution of the land, the result is likely to be worth attending to-as is it clearly stated here." Richard Helgerson, Journal of Historical Geography
"McRae provides a more valuable example of what the new interdisciplinarity can do..." Richard Helgerson, Journal of Historical Geography
"Andrew McRae has written a stimulating book that will be valuable for students of both the history and literature of early modern England....the book is unusually accessible and makes a helpful contribution to our understanding of social change in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries..." Michael Finlayson, Agricultural History
"This important interdisciplinary work examines literary representations of the English rural landscape and its economy and society in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Andrew McRae's book differs from many contributions to the `new historicism' in literary criticism in its treatment of an impressive array of printed sources drawn from a variety of genres, a literature McRae explores to uncover the dynamics of an agrarian discourse." Dan Beaver, Albion

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