"Cultures of Whiggism": New Essays on English Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century

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In the preface to his edition of Shakespeare, Alexander Pope noted that his age was one of Parties, both in Wit and State. Much scholarship has been devoted to the complexities of the political parties of the eighteenth century, but there has been a surprising reluctance to explore what Pope implied were the corollaries of those parties, namely, parties in literature. The essays collected here explore the literary culture that arose from and supported what Pitt the Elder referred to as the great spirit of Whiggism that animated English politics during the eighteenth century. From the prehistory of Whiggism in the court of Charles II to the fractures opened up within it by the French Revolution in the 1790s, the interactions between Whiggish politics and literature are sampled and described in groundbreaking essays that range widely across the fields of eighteenth-century political prose, poetry, and the novel.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Early Whiggism
29
Andrew Marvell and the Prehistory of Whiggism
31
Whigs Political Economy and the Revolution of 168889
62
Commonwealth Politics in the Early Years of George I
86
Joseph Addisons Whiggism
108
Remarks on Catos Letters
127
Whig Poetics
147
Akensides Clamors for Liberty
216
The Whig Novel
235
Confessional Politics in Defoes Journal of the Plague Year
237
Mary Davys and the Politics of Epistolary Form
257
Tom Jones and the Crisis of Whiggism in MidHanoverian England
268
Later Whiggism
297
Tillotson Burnet and Lord William Russell in Whig Historiography 16751775
299
The Strange Case of Charles Pigott
330

Patronage and Whig Literary Culture in the Early Eighteenth Century
149
Gender Dissent and Whig Poetics
173
Pope Peri Bathous and the Whig Sublime
200
Contributors
351
Index
354
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