By Christopher D'Addario
The political and non secular upheavals of the 17th century brought on an unheard of variety of humans to to migrate, voluntarily or now not, from England. between those exiles have been the most very important authors within the Anglo-American canon. Christopher D'Addario explores how early smooth authors notion and wrote concerning the adventure of exile in relation either to their misplaced place of origin and to the recent groups they created for themselves out of the country. He analyses the writings of first-generation New England Puritans, the Royalists in France in the course of the English Civil struggle, and the 'interior exiles' of John Milton and John Dryden. D'Addario explores the character of creative construction from the non secular and political margins of early smooth England, and in doing so, offers specified perception into the mental and fabric pressures of displacement and a miles past due examine of the significance of exile to the advance of early sleek literature.
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And, again much like the Marian exiles before them, they looked beyond the present to past models of Englishness for their discursive authority and communal identity. 73 Ward’s nostalgic imitation of Marprelate, along with his vehement attacks against religious innovation, remind us of the traditionalist nature of the Puritan migration and, often, of exile more generally. It also delineates a specifically exilic rhetorical position, one that harkens to an idyllic, lost golden age and historical discourse in an attempt to authorize itself and to resituate the genealogy of ideal Englishness to the margins.
Together, these New England authors display a range of differing concerns – from Anne Bradstreet, a female author seeking the proper tropes for an authoritative and authorized poetic voice, to Nathaniel Ward, an elderly lawyer and minister soon to return to England, writing in the Marprelate tradition, to John Cotton, a deeply popular and respected English preacher, attempting to justify the New England Way to detractors he left behind. Yet the writings of the men and women of Massachusetts Bay do show remarkably similar patterns and concerns and broad rhetorical and imaginative structures usefully thought of in terms of the contrapuntal nature of exile.
Not only did the exiles view themselves in particular ways as distinct from England, but many of the godly, as well as the curious, on the other side of the Atlantic specially recognized the print productions from New England in a crowded print market. The ‘‘community of saints’’ that some of the New England migrants had left behind took a particular and keen interest in the progress of their brethren’s experiment in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Early letters back to England in the 1630s often were written with a larger audience of the godly in mind, and were circulated through Puritan networks to potential settlers or interested parties.
Exile and Journey in Seventeenth-Century Literature by Christopher D'Addario