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Author O'Callaghan, Michelle.

Title The English wits : literature and sociability in early modern England / Michelle O'Callaghan.

Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  820.9003 OCAL    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 234 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 178-228) and index.
Contents 1. Gentleman lawyers at the Inns of Court -- 2. Ben Jonson, the lawyers and the wits -- 3. Taverns and table talk -- 4. Wits in the House of Commons -- 5. Coryats Crudities (1611) and the sociability of print -- 6. Traveller for the English wits -- 7. Afterlives of the wits.
Summary "In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries the Inns of Court and fashionable London taverns developed a culture of clubbing, urban sociability and wit. The convivial societies that emerged created rituals to define social identities and to engage in literary play and political discussion. Michelle O'Callaghan argues that the lawyer-wits, including John Hoskyns, in company with authors such as John Donne, Ben Jonson and Thomas Coryate, consciously reinvigorated humanist traditions of learned play. Their experiments with burlesque, banquet literature, parody and satire resulted in a volatile yet creative dialogue between civility and licence, and between pleasure and the violence of scurrilous words. The wits inaugurated a mode of literary fellowship that shaped the history and literature of sociability in the seventeenth century. This study will provide many new insights for historians and literary scholars of the period."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Literature and society -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century.
Literature and society -- England -- London -- History -- 17th century.
Authors -- Societies, etc. -- History -- 16th century.
Authors -- Societies, etc. -- History -- 17th century.
London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 16th century.
London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 17th century.
Standard Number 9780521860840
ISBN 0521860849 (hbk.)
9780521860840 (hbk.)