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The Politics of Mirth

Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and the Defense of Old Holiday Pastimes

"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

330 pages | 2 halftones | 5-7/8 x 9 | © 1986

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Table of Contents

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

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