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William Cowper : religion, satire, society

Author: Conrad Brunström
Publisher: Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press, 2004.
Series: Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
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"This book re-examines the literary significance of poet and translator William Cowper (1731-1800). Too often, Cowper is pigeonholed as an eccentric, a hopeless depressive, or even as a religious lunatic. Often regarded as an "early" Romantic, Cowper is reconsidered in this book in light of a rich eighteenth-century political and religious culture. Rather than read him as an old-fashioned Calvinist stranded in an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humor
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brunström, Conrad, 1968-
William Cowper.
Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)607064205
Named Person: William Cowper; William Cowper; William Cowper; William Cowper; William Cowper, Schriftsteller.; William Cowper
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Conrad Brunström
ISBN: 0838755607 9780838755600
OCLC Number: 52766024
Description: 207 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Light and darkness in mid-eighteenth-century poetry and criticism --
The anti-visionaries of the "nonsense club": the liberating effects of literary digression --
Antihelyphthora and the "moral satires": the enduring appeal of common sense --
A gardener's question time: topographic traumas and impious politics --
William Cowper's satanic terror: a topographic poetics of maritime extremity.
Series Title: Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
Responsibility: Conrad Brunström.
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"This book re-examines the literary significance of poet and translator William Cowper (1731-1800). Too often, Cowper is pigeonholed as an eccentric, a hopeless depressive, or even as a religious lunatic. Often regarded as an "early" Romantic, Cowper is reconsidered in this book in light of a rich eighteenth-century political and religious culture. Rather than read him as an old-fashioned Calvinist stranded in an increasingly secularized society, Cowper can be read as someone who well understood the increasingly imprecise and emotionalist quality of eighteenth-century religious discourse and who expressed this dominant tendency with uncanny insight."--BOOK JACKET.

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