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The English Radical Imagination
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The English Radical Imagination: Culture, Religion, and Revolution, 1630-1660

Nicholas McDowell


This book addresses current critical assumptions about the nature of radical thought and expression during the English Revolution. Through a combination of biographical and literary interpretation, it revises the representation of radical writers in this period as uneducated ‘tub preachers’. The book challenges the divide between ‘elite’ and ‘popular’ culture in the 17th century, investigating how critics — especially those sympathetic to the radicals — have tended to repeat hostile contemporary stereotypes of the ideologists and publicists of radicalism as ‘illiterate Mechanick persons’. Whil ... More

Keywords: radicalism, English Revolution, humanism, elite culture, popular culture, satire, rhetoric, stereotypes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260515
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas McDowell, author
Lecturer in Renaissance Literature and Culture, University of Exeter
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