carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee

By David Yee

In a sequence of vignettes, over excited at the crest of a wave illustrates the ripple results of 1 of the deadliest usual failures in recorded heritage and ponders what occurs while the occasions that tie us jointly are an analogous occasions that tear us aside.

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During the first half of the seventeenth century, as Linda Levy-Peck argues, 'the boundaries between legitimate and corrupt transactions were redrawn'. In the parliamentary sessions of 1621, 1625, X626 and 1628, bills proposed increasingly precise definitions of bribery; from the 1620s onwards high-profile officers were impeached. 11 This concern with corruption can be found in individual legal cases from Coke to StraflFord or the attack on the shipmoney judges in Richard Brathwaite's playlet Mercurius Britannicuss-, the critique of corrupt counsellors came to have the lineaments of pragmatic political theory.

The familiar trope of theatrum mundi calls attention to the way the roles actors had personated on the public stage have now emerged, not wholly scripted, into the public sphere. This dialogue - mixing what Burke called 'catechism' and 'conversation' - aims to structure political debate and to deliver an Genre, politics and news dialogues of the 1640s 31 account of events. The ending is paradoxical in its ambivalence about reformation and the ills of Stuart government. The dramatic analogy is used to focus feeling against the City government (although it is also implicitly critical of Charles I).

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