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William Cobbett : the politics of style

Author: Leonora Nattrass
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Series: Cambridge studies in Romanticism, 11.
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This book offers the first thoroughgoing literary analysis of William Cobbett as a writer. Leonora Nattrass explores the nature and effect of Cobbett's rhetorical strategies, showing through close examination of a broad selection of his polemical writings (from his early American journalism onwards) the complexity, self-consciousness and skill of his stylistic procedures. Her close readings examine the political  Read more...
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Named Person: William Cobbett; William Cobbett; William Cobbett
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonora Nattrass
ISBN: 0521460360 9780521460361
OCLC Number: 30110230
Description: xiii, 249 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Romanticism, 11.
Responsibility: Leonora Nattrass.
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This book offers the first thoroughgoing literary analysis of William Cobbett as a writer. Leonora Nattrass explores the nature and effect of Cobbett's rhetorical strategies, showing through close examination of a broad selection of his polemical writings (from his early American journalism onwards) the complexity, self-consciousness and skill of his stylistic procedures. Her close readings examine the political implications of Cobbett's style within the broader context of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century political prose and argue that his perceived ideological and stylistic flaws - inconsistency, bigotry, egoism and political nostalgia - are in fact rhetorical strategies designed to appeal to a range of usually polarized reading audiences. Cobbett's ability to imagine and to address socially divided readers within a single text, the book argues, constitutes a politically disruptive challenge to prevailing political and social assumptions about their respective rights, duties, needs and abilities. This rereading revises a prevailing critical consensus that Cobbett is an unselfconscious populist whose writings reflect rather than challenge the ideological paradoxes and problems of his time.

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