George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, began the Restoration as the richest man in England after Charles II. By the late 1680s, however, he had squandered much of his wealth. Along the way this mercurial figure flirted with religious, political, and even technological movements of many kinds and helped found the Whig party. He was almost certainly a patron of Marvell, whose Rehearsal Transpros’d extends and outgoes the political and ecclesiastical implications of Buckingham and company’s The Rehearsal. If we conceive of Buckingham not as the center of a circle of writers but as an important node in a set of overlapping networks of cultural actors, what new things do we learn about Marvell’s writings early and late, from the Villiers elegy to the Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government?
Please send CVs and proposals (max. 150 words) to Alex Garganigo [agarganigo[at]austincollege.edu] by Tuesday, 31 May 2015.