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Author Hodson, Jane, 1972-

Title Language and revolution in Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine, and Godwin / Jane Hodson
Published Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 216 pages)
Contents The language of politics and the politics of language -- The linguistic background -- A wilderness of words: Edmund Burke's Reflections -- The effusions of the moment: Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication -- What is this metaphor called a crown?: Thomas Paine's Rights of Man -- The transparent envelop of our thoughts: Godwin's Political Justice
Summary "The Revolution in France of 1789 provoked a major 'pamphlet war' in Britain as writers debated what exactly had happened, why it had happened, and where events were now headed. Jane Hodson's book explores the relationship between political persuasion, literary style, and linguistic theory in this war of words, focusing on four key texts: Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Men, Thomas Paine's Rights of Man, and William Godwin's Enquiry Concerning Political Justice. While these texts form the core of Hodson's project, she ranges far beyond them to survey other works by the same authors; more than 50 contemporaneous books on language; and pamphlets, novels, and letters by other writers. The scope of her study permits her to challenge earlier accounts of the relationship between language and politics that lack historical nuance. Rather than seeing the Revolution debate as a straightforward conflict between radical and conservative linguistic practices, Hodson argues that there is no direct correlation between a particular style or linguistic concept and the political affiliation of the writer. Instead, she shows how each writer attempts to mobilize contemporary linguistic ideas to lend their texts greater authority. Her book will appeal to literature scholars and to historians of language and linguistics working in the Enlightenment and Romantic eras."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-200) and index
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SUBJECT Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797. Reflections on the Revolution in France
Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Enquiry concerning political justice.
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809. Rights of man.
Wollstonecraft, Mary, 1759-1797. Vindication of the rights of men
Burke, Edmund <Politiker>
Godwin, William.
Paine, Thomas.
Wollstonecraft, Mary.
Revolution (France : 1789-1799) fast
An enquiry concerning the principles of political justice and its influence on general virtue and happiness.
Enquiry concerning political justice (Godwin, William) fast
Reflections on the revolution in France (Burke, Edmund) fast
Reflections on the revolution in France, and on the proceedings on certain societies in London relative to that event.
Rights of man (Paine, Thomas) fast
Rights of man.
A vindication of the rights of men.
Subject Discourse analysis -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
English language -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Political science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
SUBJECT France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351923412