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Dryden and Enthusiasm: Literature, Religion, and Politics in Restoration England

John West (Assistant Professor of Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture, University of Warwick)



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Oxford University Press
01 March 2018
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
This book explores ideas of enthusiasm, or divine inspiration, in the works of the poet, dramatist, and literary critic John Dryden (1631-1700). Dryden has frequently been seen by critics to be a writer preoccupied by reason and order in both poetry and in society at large. By tracing his interest in enthusiasm and the way it allows him to think about how literature can break into areas of knowledge beyond normal human comprehension, this book offers a new view of a major 17th-century writer. It also examines the complex political and religious tensions implicit in Dryden's interest in enthusiasm, which was, in the later 17th century, often viewed suspiciously as dangerous and radical.
By:   John West (Assistant Professor of Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture University of Warwick)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 223mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   404g
ISBN:   9780198816409
ISBN 10:   0198816405
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 March 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John West was educated at Oxford and Warwick. His research and teaching focus on seventeenth-century British literature and culture. He is co-editor with Andrew McRae of Literature of the Stuart Successions: An Anthology, published with Manchester University Press, and has also published on the literature of the 1688 Revolution.

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