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Aesthetics of contingency: Writing, politics, and culture in England, 1639-89

Matthew C. Augustine

Abstract

Aesthetics of contingency provides an important reconsideration of seventeenth-century literature in light of new understandings of the English past. Emphasising the contingency of the political in revolutionary England and its extended aftermath, Matthew Augustine challenges prevailing literary histories plotted according to structural conflicts and teleological narrative. In their place, he offers an innovative account of imaginative and polemical writing, in an effort to view later seventeenth-century literature on its own terms: without certainty about the future, or indeed the recent past ... More

Keywords: Seventeenth-century literature, Political culture, Revolutionary England, Aesthetics, Contingency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526100764
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526100764.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew C. Augustine, author
Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews