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The politics of mirth: Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and the defense of old holiday pastimes

The politics of mirth: Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and the defense of old holiday pastimes

Marcus, Leah S. (Leah Sinanoglou)

"Leah Marcus's The Politics of Mirth: Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and the Defense of Old Holiday Pastimes is a fascinating study of why James and Charles promoted some types of rural sport and festival and of how certain literary texts participated in promoting or critiquing royal policy. . . . Marcus provocatively links texts not often studied in conjunction with one another, and she provides strong and detailed readings of those texts."—Jean E. Howard

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Chicago, Ill.; London: University of Chicago Press, 1989
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Statement of responsibility: Leah S. Marcus
ISBN: 0226504522, 9780226504520
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Originally published: 1989.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: ix, 319p. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Literature and society England History 17th century.; Manners and customs in literature.; Festivals England.; Holidays in literature.; English literature Early modern, 1500-1700 History and criticism.; Milton, John; 17Th Century; Great Britain Politics and government 1603-1649.; Herrick, Robert; Marvell, Andrew; England Social life and customs 17th century.; Jonson, Ben; Criticism; English Literature


  1. Acknowledgments
  2. I. Introduction: The Politics of Mirth
  3. II. Pastimes and the Purging of Theater: Ben Jonson's Love Restored and Bartholomew Fair
  4. III. The Court Restored to the Country: The Vision of Delight, Christmas His Masque, and The Devil Is an Ass
  5. IV. Pleasure and Virtue Reconciled: Jonson's Celebration of the Book of Sports, 11618 and 1633
  6. V. Churchman among the Maypoles: Herrick and the Hesperides
  7. VI. Milton's Anti-Laudian Masque
  8. VII. Pastimes without a Court: Richard Lovelace and Andrew Marvell
  9. List of Abbreviations
  10. Notes
  11. Index