Inventing Polemic Hardback

Religion, Print, and Literary Culture in Early Modern England

by Jesse M. Lander;

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Inventing Polemic

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Inventing Polemic examines the ways in which the new technology of print and Reformation polemic together dramatically transformed the literary culture of early modern England. Bringing together important work in two distinct areas, the history of the book and the history of religion, it gives an innovative account of the formation of literary culture in Tudor-Stuart England. Each of the central chapters of the book focuses on specific publishing events: Foxe's Actes and Monuments, the Marprelate pamphlets, the first two quartos of Hamlet, Donne's Pseudo-Martyr and The Anatomy of the World, and Milton's Areopagitica. In a discussion of the Restoration publisher Jacob Tonson and the eighteenth-century literary entrepreneur Samuel Johnson, Lander also considers the way in which subsequent understandings of literature and the literary were shaped by a conscious and conspicuous rejection of polemic. This study is an important reconsideration of some of the most influential texts of early modern England, focusing on their relation to the charged religious environment as it is reflected in and shaped by the products of the emergent book trade.

Inventing Polemic by Jesse M. Lander was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2006. The ISBN for Inventing Polemic is 9780521838542.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 2006)
Number of Pages336
Thickness22 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code3825470
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