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Author Nattrass, Leonora.

Title William Cobbett : the politics of style / Leonora Nattrass.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  941.073092 COBB/NATT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 249 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in Romanticism 11
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-246) and index.
Contents Introduction: change and continuity -- Pt. I. The Creation of Cobbett. 1. Early writings 1792-1800. 2. A version of reaction. 3. Oppositional styles 1804-1816. 4. Representing Old England -- Pt. II. Cobbett and His Audience. 5. Dialogue and debate. 6. A radical history. 7. Tracts and teaching. 8. Constituting the nation.
Summary 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.
Subject Cobbett, William, 1763-1835 -- Literary art.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Journalism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Style, Literary.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1789-1820 -- Historiography.
ISBN 0521460360 (hardback)