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The secret history in literature, 1660-1820

The secret history in literature, 1660-1820

Bullard, Rebecca, 1979- editor; Carnell, Rachel, editor

Secret histories alarmed and thrilled readers across Europe and America in the eighteenth century with claims of exposing state secrets and court intrigues. Offering new readings of key texts, this collection of essays by leading researchers demonstrates the importance of the genre within the political and literary culture of the Enlightenment. Secret history, with its claim to expose secrets of state and the sexual intrigues of monarchs and ministers, alarmed and thrilled readers across Europe and America from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Scholars have recognised for some time the important position that the genre occupies within the literary and political culture of the Enlightenment. Of interest to students of British, French and American literature, as well as political and intellectual history, this new volume of essays demonstrates for the first time the extent of secret history's interaction with different literary traditions, including epic poetry, Restoration drama, periodicals, and slave narratives. It reveals secret history's impact on authors, readers, and the book trade in England, France, and America throughout the long eighteenth century. In doing so, it offers a case study for approaching questions of genre at moments when political and cultural shifts put strain on traditional generic categories

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Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Rebecca Bullardand Rachel Carnell
ISBN: 1108215041, 9781108215046, 9781108216395
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 282 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Politics and literature History 17th century.; Literary studies: general; Politics in literature.; Social & cultural history; Ireland; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Literature; Literature, Modern 17th century History and criticism.; Politics and literature History 18th century.; Literature: history & criticism; United Kingdom, Great Britain; North America; Literature, Modern 18th century History and criticism.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107150461


  1. Introduction: reconsidering secret history Rebecca Bullard
  2. Part I. Seventeenth-Century England: 1. Paradise Lost as a secret history Michael McKeon
  3. 2. Secret history and seventeenth-century historiography Martine W. Brownley
  4. 3. Secret history and restoration drama Erin Keating
  5. 4. Secret history and allegory David A. Brewer
  6. 5. Secret history and amatory fiction Claudine van Hensbergen
  7. 6. Secret history and spy narratives Slaney Chadwick Ross
  8. Part II. Eighteenth-Century Britain: 7. Secret history, parody, and satire Melinda Alliker Rabb
  9. 8. Secret history and it-narrative Rivka Swenson
  10. 9. Secret history, oriental tale, and fairy tale Ros Ballaster
  11. 10. Secret history and the periodical Nicola Parsons
  12. 11. Secret history and censorship Eve Tavor Bannet
  13. 12. Secret history and anecdote April London
  14. 13. Secret history in the Romantic period Miranda Burgess
  15. Part III. France and America: 14. Secret history in pre-revolutionary France Allison Stedman
  16. 15. Secret history in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century France Antoinette Sol
  17. 16. Secret history in British North America and the early Republic Kevin Joel Berland
  18. 17. Secret history in the early nineteenth-century Americas Gretchen J. Woertendyke
  19. Epilogue: secret history at the start of the twenty-first century Rachel Carnell.