9780874137491

Transforming The Word Prophecy, Poetry, and Politics in England, 1650-1742

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  • ISBN13:

    9780874137491

  • ISBN10:

    0874137497

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-10-01
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
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Summary

The radical prophets of the English civil wars were fascinating figures, combining a devout belief in the power of divine inspiration with a passionate desire for social change and a distinctly eccentric rhetorical style. Tracing the prophets who rant, rage, and wreak havoc through the works of Butler, Dryden, Mandeville, Pope, and other less familiar writers of the period, Transforming the Word pursues the fate of radical prophecy between 1660 and 1742.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9(2)
Introduction 11(22)
Polemic, Culture, and Conflict
33(35)
Joining with Self-Interests: Royalist Reconstruction and the Popular Press
68(23)
Interpreting Providence: The Politics of Prophecy in Restoration Polemic
91(21)
``High on a Throne of his own Labours rear'd'': Mac Flecknoe, Prophecy, and Cultural Myth
112(26)
Providence, Party, and Hegemony in Mandeville's Fable of the Bees
138(29)
A Taste for Spectacle: The Ambivalence of Satiric Judgment in Pope's Dunciad
167(28)
Tail-Piece: The Fate of Prophetic Hegemony
191(4)
Notes 195(12)
Selected Bibliography 207(13)
Index 220

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