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On exegetical duty: Historical pragmatics and the grammar of the libel

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-104
Number of pages21
JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006


James Loxley addresses the theoretical implications of the ways in which the early modern libel is most often read. In particular, he examines what might be at stake in the use of the libel as evidence for the shape and extent of an early modern public sphere. Working from the consonance of this perspective with the approach to political texts promoted by Quentin Skinner, Loxley considers the extent to which the grammar of the libel can offer a challenge to the project of a "historical pragmatics," and then examines the broad theoretical context of any such challenge.

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