Literature and Class: From the Peasants' Revolt to the French Revolution (Hardcover)

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This book explores the intimate relationship between literature and class in England (and later Britain) from the Peasants' Revolt at the end of the fourteenth century to the impact of the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century and beginning of the nineteenth. The book argues throughout that class cannot be seen as a modern phenomenon that occurred after the Industrial revolution but that class divisions and relations have always structured societies and that it makes sense to assume a historical continuity. The book explores a number of themes relating to class: class consciousness; class conflict; commercialisation; servitude; rebellion; gender relations; and colonisation. After outlining the history of class relations, five chapters explore the ways in which social class consciously and unconsciously influenced a series of writers: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Behn, Rochester, Defoe, Duck, Richardson, Burney, Blake and Wordsworth.

About the Author


Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at the University of Sussex


Product Details
ISBN: 9781526125835
ISBN-10: 1526125838
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: August 24th, 2021
Pages: 352
Language: English