Poetry and the Realm of Politics: Shakespeare to Dryden (Hardback)Howard Erskine-Hill (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 298
Weight: 543 g
Dimensions: 225 x 147 x 22 mm
This is an important and overdue project ... a developed and sustained argument about the nature of political reference in literature that is attuned to recent developments in historiography ... These books will serve to introduce undergraduates to some of the complexities of reading literature politically; and offer literary historians a strong reading of early-modern political allusion. * The Times Higher Education Supplement *
With a patient and scholarly precision whose very comprehensiveness rebuts any charge of pedantry, Erskine-Hill explores a context for the presence of a 'theatre of the world' in literature. ... in bringing the fullness of history to the literary past, Erskine-Hill's findings are both richer and more reliable. In the first of these volumes, the integration of Elizabethan history into literature brings many unexamined details to light: ... In the second volume, Erskine-Hill's examination of Samuel Johnson is masterly ... exciting books: formidably learned, wide-ranging, sure-footed, dynamic and remarkable. Disagreement is at the core of politics: while welcoming the chance for debate, this reviewer has no reservations concerning the scale of Howard Erskine-Hill's achievement. * Journal of the Royal Stuart Society, 1997 *
an important and overdue project ... These books will serve to introduce undergraduates to some of the complexities of reading literature politically; and offer literary historians a strong reading of early-modern political allusion. * Times Higher Education Supplement *
has many valuable things to say ... These are also volumes of conviction. Where Professor Erskine-Hill comes into his own is his grasp of the relationship between great literature and even greater earlier literature. * Nigel Smith, Keble College, Oxford, Essays in Criticism, Vol. XLVII, No. 4 *
Poetry and Realms of Politics contains a bounty of information about early English political thought and political history, and with it, many interesting suggestions about political allusions in key plays and poems of this long stretch of time. * Seventeenth-Century News, Rebecca Bushnell *
a brief summary can give little sense of the subtlety, intricacy, and resourcefulness of Professor Erskine-Hill's account of particular works, of the eloquence and scrupulousness of his writing, or of the learning and intellectual seriousness which is evident on every page of this distinguished and important book ... this is a book which no one seriously interested in the literature or politics of seventeenth-century England can afford to ignore ... its author's commitment to historical contextualization is inseparable from his passionate concern with the imaginative richness and artistic value of the works which are his subject. * David Hopkins, University of Bristol, Notes and Queries, Vol. 44, No. 3, September 1997 *
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