Plastic power: imagining adaptability in seventeenth-century England Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Stogdill, Nathaniel Doyle
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature
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  • Plastic Power: Imagining Adaptability in Seventeenth-Century England argues that English authors used generic conventions to imagine and experiment with the advantages of adaptability in times of social crisis and change. I focus on the ways in which the literary imagination was used to develop a flexible social identity that could accommodate the continual disruption of social, institutional, and economic relationships in the decades surrounding the English Civil War. By revising a scholarly tradition that views the period and its literature in strict partisan terms, this study recovers the importance of the imaginative as a tool for early modern authors to maintain sociability against the demands of ideological divisiveness.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of English."
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  • Barbour, Reid
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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