Refiguring Revolutions: Aesthetics and Politics from the English Revolution to the Romantic Revolution

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Kevin Sharpe, Steven N. Zwicker
University of California Press, 1 gen 1998 - 376 pagine
Refiguring Revolutions presents an original and interdisciplinary reassessment of the cultural and political history of England from 1649 to 1789. Bypassing conventional chronologies and traditional notions of disciplinary divides, editors Kevin Sharpe and Steven Zwicker frame a set of new agendas for, and suggest new approaches to, the study of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.
Customary periodization by dynasty and century obscures the aesthetic and cultural histories that were enacted between and even by the English Civil Wars and the French Revolution. The authors of the essays in this volume set about returning aesthetics to the center of the master narrative of politics. They focus on topics and moments that illuminate the connection between aesthetic issues of a private or public nature and political culture. Politics between the Puritan Revolution and the Romantic Revolution, these authors argue, was a set of social and aesthetic practices, a narrative of presentations, exchanges, and performances as much as it was a story of monarchies and ministries. Refiguring Revolutions presents an original and interdisciplinary reassessment of the cultural and political history of England from 1649 to 1789. Bypassing conventional chronologies and traditional notions of disciplinary divides, editors Kevin Sharpe and Steven Zwicker frame a set of new agendas for, and suggest new approaches to, the study of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.
Customary periodization by dynasty and century obscures the aesthetic and cultural histories that were enacted between and even by the English Civil Wars and the French Revolution. The authors of the essays in this volume set about returning aesthetics to the center of the master narrative of politics. They focus on topics and moments that illuminate the connection between aesthetic issues of a private or public nature and political culture. Politics between the Puritan Revolution and the Romantic Revolution, these authors argue, was a set of social and aesthetic practices, a narrative of presentations, exchanges, and performances as much as it was a story of monarchies and ministries.
 

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Sommario

The Failure of Republican Culture
25
Oliver Cromwell 1651
30
Frontispiece to Eikon Basilike 1649
34
Pious Instructions
38
Charles I defends the tree of religion 4 o 5 The Dragon of the Commonwealths Standing Army 4 7
41
Anne of Denmark 1688
63
Anne of Denmark with the Duke of Gloucester
65
John Barrett
75
Bernard Mandeville
141
Gender Difference and Commercial Culture
173
Sir John Floyer and the Politics of Cold Bathing
197
Hogarth The Company of Undertakers
223
Rowlandson The ToothAche or Torment and Torture 1823
225
Hogarth The Reward ofCruelty
226
Rowlandson Medical Dispatch or Dr Doubledose Killing Two Birds iiith One Stone 22 7
227
Hogarth Cunicularii or The Wise Men of Codliman in Consultation 1726
229

Gillray Louis XVI Taking Leave of His Wife and Family 1792
82
The Kings Departure from His Disconsolate Family
84
The Last Intervieiv between Louis the Sixteenth and His Disconsolate Family
85
The Final Intervieiv of Louis the Sixteenth
86
British medal by Kuchler that depicts the final interview 1 793
88
Politics and the Habits of Appropriation
101
A Natural Revolution? Garden Politics in EighteenthCentury England
241
Michael McKeon
267
NOTES
291
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
361
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Informazioni sull'autore (1998)

Kevin Sharpe is Professor of History at the University of Southampton, England. Author of The Personal Rule of Charles the First (1996), he coedited with Steven Zwicker the influential Politics of Discourse (California, 1987). Steven N. Zwicker, whose most recent book is Lines of Authority: Politics and English Literary Culture, 1649-1689 (1993), is Professor of English at Washington University, St. Louis.

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