New Book: Literatures of Exile in the English Revolution and its Aftermath, 1640-1690

Literatures of Exile in the English Revolution and its Aftermath, 1640-1690

edited by Philip Major

A new publication of early modern interest – and a Birkbeck connection – from Ashgate Publishing:

‘”Exile'” is a condition which places a special kind of strain on every aspect of a person’s life. Nevertheless, what these exiles learned from those they sometimes reluctantly engaged with contributed in important ways to their ways of thinking and writing once they returned. There were, too, continous currents of intellectual exchange between those in exile and those who remained behind. Only if we recognise this and take account of it can the intellectual and cultural history of the British Isles in the second half of the seventeenth century be fully understood. The essays in Literatures of Exile are eloquent testimony to the increased depth and richness to be discovered, if we scrutinise the surviving literary materials from this tumultuous political perion inclusively – from both inside and outside Britain.’

From the forward by Lisa Jardine, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Original and thought-provoking, this collection sheds new light on an important yet understudied feature of seventeenth-century England’s political and cultural landscape: exile. It considers exile both as physical displacement from England-to France, Germany, the Low Countries and America-and as inner, mental withdrawal. The essays assembled here demonstrate, among other things, both the shared and highly individual experiences in exile of figures conspicuously diverse in political and religious allegiance.

Foreword, Lisa Jardine
Introduction, Philip Major
Exiles, expatriates, and travellers: towards a cultural and intellectual history of the English abroad, 1640–1660, Timothy Raylor
Disruptions and evocations of family amongst Royalist exiles, Ann Hughes and Julie Sanders
A broken broker in Antwerp: William Aylesbury and the Duke of Buckingham’s goods, 1648–1650, Katrien Daemen-de Gelder and J.P. Vander Motten
A tortoise in the shell: Royalist and Anglican experience of exile in the 1650s, Marika Keblusek
Exile, apostasy and Anglicanism in the English Revolution, Sarah Mortimer
Exile in Europe during the English Revolution and its literary impact, Nigel Smith
Abraham Cowley and the ends of poetry, Christopher D’Addario
‘Not sure of safety’: Hobbes and exile, James Loxley
‘A poor exile stranger’: William Goffe in New England, Philip Major
‘The good old cause for which I suffer’: the life of a regicide in exile, Jason Peacey
Bibliography; Index.

About the Editor:
Philip Major teaches English at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published widely on seventeenth-century literature and is currently writing a monograph on the works of Thomas, 3rd Lord Fairfax.

Members of the Birkbeck Early Modern Society can claim a 20% discount by downloading the form here: BEMSLiteraturesofExile. (A code is available on the form for online orders.)

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