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17th Century Literary Criticism

This page provides information and details related to Classic Literature. Specifically, you'll find facts about 17th-century literary criticism, which covers the works of Aphra Behn, George Herbert, and John Bunyan--to name a few.

17th Century Christian Allegory
Rebecca Branham Dimon examines characteristics of the 17 Century Christian allegory by comparing the works of George Herbert and John Bunyan.

Augustan Satire Bibliography
Compilation of sources for the study of satires written in the 18th century. Includes articles on Swift and Pope.

Cymbeline - Cymbeline & The New Inn
Andrew Stewart probes the relationship between Ben Jonson's "The New Inn" and Shakespeare's comedy. Includes notes and a list of cited works.

Gender/Genre in Sonnet Sequences
Jennifer Laws compares Lady Mary Wroth's sonnet sequence "Pamphilia to Amphilanthus" to her uncle Philip Sidney's "Astrophil and Stella."

I On Myself Can Live
Ellen Moody presents the first five chapters of her unfinished biography of 17th century poet Ann Finch, Countess of Winchilsea.

Joy & Sensuality in Paradise Lost
Anniina Jokinen analyzes Milton's differing portrayal of sensuality before and after the Fall. Includes links to the text and a bibliography.

Making the Modern Reader
Barbara M. Benedict examines the culture and public values of the Early Modern period as distinguished from the literary anthologies of that era.

Notes on the 17th Century
"'Cavalier' implies more than just 'Royalist' (the official term for the troops and forces of the King, and later those who wanted to restore the monarchy). It implies, for instance, a particular class of man: Courtly, well-educated, genteel. In many ways, these are the cultural heirs of Sir Philip Sydney, moving in something like the same circles.

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