Culture of Slander in Early Modern England by M. Lindsay Kaplan
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Culture of Slander in Early Modern England
By M. Lindsay Kaplan

The Culture of Slander in Early Modern England

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Culture of Slander in Early Modern England by M. Lindsay Kaplan

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Slander constitutes a central social, legal and literary concern of early modern England. A category of discourse which transgresses the law, it offers a more historically grounded and fluid account of power relations between poets and the state than that offered by the commonly accepted model of official censorship. An investigation of slander reveals it to be an effective, unstable and reversible means of repudiating one's opposition that could be deployed by rulers or poets. Spenser, Jonson and Shakespeare each use the paradigm of slander to challenge official criticism of poetry, while contemporary legal theory associates slander with poetry. However, even as rulers themselves make use of slander in the form of propaganda to demonize those they perceive to be their foes, ultimately they are unable to contain completely the threat posed by slanderous accusations against the state.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521584081
ISBN-10: 0521584086
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 164
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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