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Published: 30 October 2019

342 Pages | 31 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198744498

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Poetics of the Pillory

English Literature and Seditious Libel, 1660-1820

Thomas Keymer

Clarendon Lectures in English

  • A bold new account of literary censorship and its operation in England across the 'long' eighteenth century between 1660 and 1820
  • Focuses on the law of seditious libel and the sanction of the pillory
  • Provides extensive close readings of major writers including Dryden, Defoe, Pope, Fielding, Johnson, Southey, and recovers and explains numerous important but forgotten cases of seditious satire and other literature