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Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture

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This book is a carefully annotated selection from the popular culture of the eighteenth century. Each chapter focuses on not only a particular theme but also a particular story, often illustrated by contemporary newspaper reports. It makes available to any reader with an interest in the period material that was once popular but has long been buried.

The ripples of interest spread out beyond and behind the text, carried on the waves of commentary and annotation and suggestions for further reading.

John Mullan is Senior Lecturer in English, University College, London Christopher Reid is Senior Lecturer in English, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

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This book is a carefully annotated selection of eighteenth-century writings about popular culture. During the eighteenth century, popular culture assumed a peculiar importance. In the early part of the century, high and low cultures often collided. Later in the century, politeness more and more required the distancing of genteel from vulgar amusements. This collection rediscovers some of the energies of the low and the vulgar in the period by examining particular themes (crime, religious enthusiasm, popular politics, for example) and telling particular stories (the career of a notorious criminal, the exploits of a religious sect, John Wilkes and the crowd). It also illustrates how the very idea of popular culture was formed in the period, providing examples of the ways in which it was discussed both by those who were fearful of it and those who were fascinated by it.


Introduction; Using the Selection; 1. Eighteenth-Century Views of Popular Culture; 2. Religious enthusiasm: the French Prophets, 1707-1711; 3. Fairgoers and Reformers: the Struggle for Bartholomew Fair; 4. Almanacs: Astrology and Popular Protestantism; 5. Crime: the Fortunes of Jack Sheppard; 6. Custom and the Calendar: the Gregorian Reform and its Opponents; 7. Popular Politics: John Wilkes and the Crowd, 1768-70; 8. Popular Perceptions of Empire: Native Americans in Britain in the 1760s; Index

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Titre: Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture
Sous-titre: A Selection
Code EAN: 9780198711353
ISBN: 0198711352
Format: Couverture cartonnée
nombre de pages: 328
Poids: 500g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T17mm
Année: 2000