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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 Achinsteins 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 Miltons 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.

Originally published in 1994.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. A Note on Texts
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. 1. Revolution in Print: Lilburne's Jury, Areopagitica, and the Conscientious Public
  2. pp. 27-70
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  1. 2. Royalist Reactions: John Cleveland, Babel, and the Divine Right of Language
  2. pp. 71-101
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  1. 3. Debate and the Drama of Politics in the Public Sphere
  2. pp. 102-135
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  1. 4. Reading in the Revolution: Eikonoklastes and theBattle of Perspectives
  2. pp. 136-176
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  1. 5. Milton and the Fit Reader: Paradise Lost and the Parliament of Hell
  2. pp. 177-223
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 224-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-272
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400863907
MARC Record
OCLC
889254695
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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