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Digressive Voices in Early Modern English Literature

Anne Cotterill


This book begins and ends with the intellectual and imaginative pleasures of narrative wandering. ‘To digress’ in early modern England carried a range of associations with authority and gender, from amplitude and escape to deviance and transgression. The book argues that writers classically trained in verbal contest used the liberty of digression to create a complex form of underground writing and self-definition in some of the richest non-dramatic texts of 17th-century England; such a pointed use of digressiveness in the period has not been recognized. Within these textual mazes writers captu ... More

Keywords: gender, transgression, patronage, 17th-century, self-definition, anatomy, country-house poem, dedicatory epistle, beast fable

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261178
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Cotterill, author
Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University
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