Image Government: Monarchical Metamorphoses in English Literature
By: T. R. Langley (author)Hardback
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"Spin" seems to be everywhere in modern politics, and is often spoken of as if entirely new. This volume gives lie to that claim, showing how the art of the spin-doctor was widely practised over 300 years ago. The term "art" is used here in the sense of artistic imagery as well as the skill of the spinner in manipulating opinion. The author discusses the work of authors such as Edmund Waller and painters like Antonio Verrio to illuminate the changing ideologies of the late Stuart era and the way in which ideas about sovereignty were expressed by artists. This book traces some of the cranks and windings, ebbings and flowings that lead from Charles I's downfall to Queen Anne's coronation, as they are registered in printed literature and visual art. The poetry of Marvell and Dryden, political writings by greater and lesser figures, and the works of significant divines such as Whiggish Burnet, and Hickes, are all used to show how the expression of ideas changed in the second half of the 17th century.
T.R. Langley is a Lecturer in English at University College, London.
Preface Part I 1. Prologue 2. In Medias Res: Panegyrical Economics 3. 'A Deluding Streame' gets Head 4. Rendering unto Caesar 5. Building upon an Old Frame 6. Troubling the Waters - Marvell's First Anniversary 7. More directed to the Monarchy than the Person 8. Non Angeli sed Angli 9. Restoration 10. No Force but Love, nor Bond but Bounty 11. Indulgent to the Occupant 12. Pious Times: Dryden's Absolom and Achitophel 13. The Exquisite Truth Part II 14. Wonder en is gheen Wonder 15. Restoration, Revolution 16. 'Bright Maria's Charms' 17. Machines and Machines 18. Peace and Plenty and Julian the Apostate 19. 'Saturnian Times' 20. More than Conqueror 21. A King Divine by Law and Sense 22. 'Cette folle Vanite d'Alexandre' 23. Funeral bak'd Meats and Gendres de Merite 24. Retouchings 25.'Image Government' Plates Notes Bibliography Index
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