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The Cambridge companion to English Restoration theatre

The Cambridge companion to English Restoration theatre

Fisk, Deborah C. Payne

This rich and varied portrait of the drama from 1660 to 1714 provides students with essential information about playwrights, staging and genres, situating them in the social and political culture of the time. This rich and varied portrait of the drama from 1660 to 1714 provides students with essential information about playwrights, staging and genres, situating them in the social and political culture of the time. No longer seen as a privileged arena for select dramatists and elite courtiers, the Restoration theatre is revealed in all of its tumult, energy and conflict. The fourteen newly-commissioned essays examine the theatre, paying attention to major playwrights such as Dryden, Wycherly and Congreve and also to more minor works and to plays by the first professional female dramatists. The book begins with chapters on the performance of the drama in its own time, on theatres, acting and staging, and continues with the main dramatic genres and themes, with a final chapter on the critical history of the drama. The volume also includes a thorough chronology and biographies and bibliographies of dramatists

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Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Deborah C. Payne Fisk
ISBN: 1139796925, 9781139796927
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxvii, 294p. : facsims.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature
Subject: Literary studies: plays & playwrights; Great Britain History Restoration, 1660-1688.; Plays, playscripts; English drama Restoration, 1660-1700 History and criticism.; English; Theater Great Britain History 17th century.; Literary studies: general; Theater Great Britain History 18th century.; Literature.; Literature and history Great Britain.
Alternative Title: English Restoration theatre
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780521582155

Contents

  1. Chronology
  2. 1. The theatre Edward A. Langhans
  3. 2. The performance Joseph Roach
  4. 3. Adaptations and revivals Michael Dobson
  5. 4. Comedy Brian Corman
  6. 5. Tragedy Christopher J. Wheatley
  7. 6. Tragicomedy Nancy Klein Maguire
  8. 7. Farce Peter Holland
  9. 8. Restoration and settlement: 1660 and 1688 Derek Hughes
  10. 9. Change, scepticism and uncertainty Jessica Munns
  11. 10. Drama and political crisis Susan J. Owens
  12. 11. Spectacle, horror and pathos Jean Marsden
  13. 12. Gender, sexuality and marriage Pat Gill
  14. 13. Playwright versus priest Michael Cordner
  15. 14. The canon and its critics Robert Markley
  16. Biographies and selected bibliography
  17. Index.

Reviews

'A series of lively essays ... a valuable addition to Restoration theatre criticism.' Speech and Drama