Writing and society : literacy, print, and politics in Britain, 1590-1660 / Nigel Wheale

Author(s): Wheale, Nigel
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Subjects: English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism
Politics and literature--Great Britain--History--17th century
Publishers and publishing--Great Britain--History--17th century
Literature and society--Great Britain--History--17th century
Written communication--Great Britain--History--17th century
Literacy--Great Britain--History--17th century
Printing--Great Britain--History--17th century
Great Britain--Politics and government--1603-1714
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Routledge, 1999
LC Classification: P, PR
Physical Description: xiv, 188 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Table of Contents: List of figures
Acknowledgements
1. 'Paper I make my Friend and mind's true Glass': early modern literacy 1
Christopher Marlowe's new sin 1
Debating early modern literary culture 9
'Vale, soror, anima mea': reading the moment of writing 14
2. Status and literacy: the qualities of people 16
From 'degree' to 'political arithmetic: mapping social hierarchy 18
The titled nobility: 'the Theatre of Hospitality' 22
The gentry: 'to be idle, and live upon the sweat of others' 25
The professions and major trades: 'minds ... more thoughtful and full of business' 28
Yeomen: 'they that in times past made all France afraid' 32
Craftsmen, tradesmen, copyholders: 'Of the fourth sort of men which do not rule' 33
Apprentices and servants: 'Seeking service and place' 37
Husbandmen, cottagers, labourers, vagrants: literacy at the margins of survival 38
3. 'Towardness': aptitude, gender and rank in early modern education 40
Scripture for the boy who drives the plough 40
From absey to grammar school 43
'Education is the bringing up of one, not to live alone, but amongst others, because company is our natural cognisance' 50
4. 'Mechanics in the Suburbs of Literature': printing and publishing 1590-1660 55
Printing in renaissance London 55
The Worshipful Company of Stationers 57
'Assignable productions of the brain': authorship and copyright 60
'Only for you, only to you': patronage, dedications, payment 62
'Let not one Brother oppress another. Do as you would be done unto': printing from revolution to Restoration 64
5. Censorship and state formation: heresy, sedition and the Celtic literary cultures 69
'Peace, plenty, love, truth, terror': defining early modern censorship 69
The Stationers' Company, overseer of the intellectual economy 73
'Ireland is but swordland': literary patronage, censorship and persecution in the Celtic cultures 79
6. 'Penny merriments, penny godlinesses': new writing for new readers 85
Literacy and social change: 'More solid Things do not shew the complexion of the Times so well as Ballads and Libels' 85
'To any Reader He or She, It makes no matter what they be': John Taylor the Water Poet 87
The Praise of Hemp Seed: Taylor's inversion of all values 94
The hydro-poet, sculler-scholar between cultures 101
7. 'Dressed up with the flowers of a Library': women reading and writing 105
Mistress Hazzard's revelation 105
Going astray among the Elizabethans: critical problems in early modern female literacy 111
Gendered behaviour in early modern society: conventions and realities 114
'How careful must you be, To be Your Self': Lady Anne Clifford's Great Picture 116
8. 'The power of self at such over-flowing times': the politics of literacy 132
'I never read it in any book, nor received it from any mouth': writing and revolt 1450-1650 132
'Mob' (1691): 'The common mass of people; the lower orders; the uncultured or illiterate as a class; the populace, the masses' 135
9. A Constant Register of Public Facts 1589-1662 137
Bibliography 151
Further reading 152
Notes 158
Index 180
Notes: LCCN: 98054317
ISBN: 0415084970 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0415084989 (alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references and index
OCLC Number: 40460118
ISBN/ISSN: 0415084970
0415084989