The Cambridge Companion to Andrew Marvell

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Derek Hirst, Steven N. Zwicker
Cambridge University Press, Dec 23, 2010 - Literary Criticism
Andrew Marvell is one of the greatest English lyric poets of the seventeenth century and one of its leading polemicists. This Companion brings a set of fresh questions and perspectives to bear on the varied career and diverse writings of a remarkable writer and elusive man. Drawing on important new editions of Marvell's poetry and of his prose, scholars of both history and literature examine Marvell's work in the contexts of Restoration politics and religion, and of the seventeenth-century publishing world in both manuscript and print. The essays, individually and collectively, address Marvell within his literary and cultural traditions and communities; his almost prescient sense of the economy and ecology of the country; his interest in visual arts and architecture; his opaque political and spiritual identities; his manners in controversy and polemic; the character of his erotic and transgressive imagination and his biography, still full of intriguing gaps.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The social modes of Marvells poetry
8
3 Marvell and the literary past
26
4 Borders and transitions in Marvells poetry
46
5 Thinking of gender
68
6 Marvell and the designs of art
87
7 Andrew Marvells citizenship
102
8 The green Marvell
122
9 A Cromwellian centre?
140
10 The poets religion
158
11 Adversarial Marvell
174
12 How to make a biography of Andrew Marvell
194
Index
220
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Derek Hirst is William Eliot Smith Professor of History at Washington University, St Louis.

Steven N. Zwicker is Stanley Elkin Professor in the Humanities at Washington University, St Louis.

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