Sexual Freedom in Restoration Literature
By (author) Warren L. Chernaik
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Sexual Freedom in Restoration Literature by Warren L. Chernaik
Book DescriptionThe pursuit of sexual freedom and its political, philosophical and practical implications are the themes of this wide-ranging study of restoration literature, which confronts ideological issues of sexual politics equally relevant to modern debate. The author examines the writers of the later seventeenth century in their historical context, and focuses particularly on what happens when women desire sexual freedom as well as men. In a study of the writings, notorious for their sexual candour, of the Earl of Rochester, God-haunted atheist and licensed rebel of the Restoration court, and Aphra Behn, the most prominent and most controversial woman writer of the period, the author explores some of the tensions inherent in the ideology of individual liberty as applied to the conduct of sexual relations inside and outside marriage. The works by Rochester, Aphra Behn and their contemporaries gain much of their power from the ambivalence with which they treat the competing claims of freedom and authority, rebelliousness and security, the assertion of power and the need to love.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521464970
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Warren L. Chernaik
Myth of Rome in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, Paperback (May 2013)
This book presents illuminating comparisons of Shakespeare's Roman plays with plays by Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists including Jonson and Massinger.
Poet's Time, Paperback (February 2010)
This book unites the disciplines of literature and history in an attempt to set the writings of Andrew Marvell in their revolutionary context.
Sexual Freedom in Restoration Literature, Paperback (July 2008)
Sexual freedom and ideology explored in the works of seventeenth-century English literature.
Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's History Plays, Paperback (October 2007)» View all books by Warren L. Chernaik
An accessible and lively 2007 introduction to Shakespeare's history plays and their tradition on stage and film.
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