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Author Lecky, Katarzyna, author

Title Pocket maps and public poetry in the English Renaissance / Katarzyna Lecky
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Series Early modern literary geographies
Early modern literary geographies
Summary Katarzyna Lecky explores how early modern British poets paid by the state adapted inclusive modes of nationhood charted by inexpensive, small-format maps. She explores chapbooks ('cheapbooks') by Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Ben Jonson, William Davenant, and John Milton alongside the portable cartography circulating in the same retail print industry. Domestic pocket maps were designed for heavy use by a broad readership that included those on the fringes of literacy. The era's de facto laureates all banked their success as writers appealing to this burgeoning market share by drawing the nation as the property of the commonwealth rather than the Crown.0This book investigates the accessible world of small-format cartography as it emerges in the texts of the poets raised in the expansive public sphere in which pocket maps flourished. It works at the intersections of space, place, and national identity to reveal the geographical imaginary shaping the flourishing business of cheap print. Its placement of poetic economies within mainstream systems of trade also demonstrates how cartography and poetry worked together to mobilize average consumers as political agents. This everyday form of geographic poiesis was also a strong platform for poets writing for monarchs and magistrates when their visions of the nation ran counter to the interests of the government
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 13, 2019)
Subject Cartography in literature
Cartography -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century
Cartography -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century
Chapbooks, English -- History -- 16th century
Chapbooks, English -- History -- 17th century
Cartography in literature.
Chapbooks, English.
SCIENCE -- Earth Sciences -- Geography.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191872776 (electronic book)
0192571753 (electronic book)
9780191872778 (electronic book)
9780192571755 (electronic book)