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"Study to Be Quiet": Genre and Politics in Izaak Walton's "Compleat Angler"

DAVID HILL RADCLIFFE
English Literary Renaissance
Vol. 22, No. 1 (WINTER 1992), pp. 95-111
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43447376
Page Count: 17
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"Study to Be Quiet": Genre and Politics in Izaak Walton's "Compleat Angler"
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Abstract

Walton's famous discourse on angling undermines late twentieth-century concepts of closure by illustrating how heterogeneous kinds of literary and social formations can be combined without contradiction. Such strategies go unrecognized by critics fishing for unity or closure in ahistorical treatments of genre, consciousness, and "discourse." The compleatness Walton advocates is best understood as a complex assemblage of social differences articulated in a variety of literary forms, a knowing satire on demands for conformity imposed from either end of the political spectrum. In the interest of contesting contestation, he adopts generic procedures as various as the materials he combines: accretion (natural histories, lyrics, occasional meditations), modulation (pastoral and georgic), inversion (sacred parodies, Lucianic dialogue), and alteriety (menippean satire). As a community of private individuals pursuing social change through reforms of language and manners, the Brotherhood of the Angle is an early instance of a social formation that would dominate the intellectual landscape of the English Enlightenment.

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