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Author McTague, John, 1983- author
Title Things that didn't happen : writing, politics and the counterhistorical, 1678-1743 / John McTague
Imprint Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : The Boydell Press, published in association with BSECS, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2019
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DA435 M175 2019    AVAILABLE    30530000997411
Descript xi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Series Studies in the eighteenth century, 2398-9904
Studies in the eighteenth century
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-274) and index
James Francis Edward Stuart, the Prince of Wales born in 1688, was not a commoner's child smuggled into the queen's birthing chamber in a warming pan, but many people said he was. In 1708, the same prince did not quite land in Scotland with a force of 5,000 men in order to claim the Scottish crown, but writers busied themselves with exploring what would have happened if he had succeeded. These fictions had as potent an effect on the political culture of late Stuart and early Hanoverian Britain as many events that really did happen. From the alleged "Popish Plot" of Titus Oates to the South Sea Bubble, John McTague draws on a rich variety of sources - popular, archival and literary - to investigate the propagandic and literary exploitation of three kinds of things that did not occur at this time: failures which inspired "what if" narratives, speculative futures which failed to come to pass and "pure" fictions created and disseminated for political gain. Finally, a ground-breaking reading of the various versions of Pope's Dunciad reveals a work that in its exploration of historic causation and agency and its repurposing of the material of contemporary political and literary culture deploys many of the strategies explored in earlier chapters to present Hanoverian reality as if it were counterhistory
Subject Great Britain -- History -- Errors, inventions, etc
Great Britain -- History -- 1660-1714
Great Britain -- History -- 1714-1837
Alt Title Things that did not happen
Writing, politics and the counterhistorical, 1678-1743
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