Restoration Theatre and Crisis

This was a time of unprecedented political partisanship in the theatre. This book cosniders all the known plays of this period, including works by Dryden and Behn, in their historical context.

Restoration Theatre and Crisis

Restoration Theatre and Crisis is a seminal study of the drama of the Restoration, in particular that of the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis. This was a time of unprecedented political partisanship in the theatre. This book cosniders all the known plays of this period, including works by Dryden and Behn, in their historical context. It examines the complex ways in which the drama both reflected and intervened in the political process, at a time when the crisis fractured an already fragile post-interregnum consensus, and modern party political methods first began to develop. Susan Owen discusses the ways in which Tory and Whig playwrights engaged in dramatic dialogue, deliberately commenting on and revising each other's themes and topics. The book also explores the arena of sexual politics, examining the political significance of themes such as disharmony in the family, and the importance of rape as a dramatic signifier of monstrosity associated with rebellion by the Tories and tyranny and popery by the Whigs. Restoration Theatre and Crisis considers the use of sexuality as a political discourse, and ways in which ideas about libertinism and constructions of masculinity and femininity intersect with political concerns in the drama. Thus the book bridges the gap between `gender-blind' political accounts and studies which have focused on gender themes in the drama in isolation from party politics.

Restoration Theatre and Crisis

This work studies the drama of the Restoration, in particular that of the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis. It considers all the known plays of this period, including works by Dryden and Behn, in their historical context

Restoration Theatre and Crisis

This work studies the drama of the Restoration, in particular that of the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis. It considers all the known plays of this period, including works by Dryden and Behn, in their historical context.

The Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre

The Exclusion Crisis was a crux both in the political life of the nation and in the development of Restoration drama . NOTES 1 For an account of the Exclusion Crisis see my Restoration Theatre and Crisis ( Oxford : Clarendon Press ...

The Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre

Fourteen specially commissioned essays provide essential information about staging, playwrights, themes and genres in the drama of the Restoration.

Perspectives on Restoration Drama

This book introduces students to drama from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the early 18th Century. Susan Owen offers representative coverage of new forms of drama in this period, and of ways in which old forms are altered.

Perspectives on Restoration Drama

This book introduces students to drama from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the early 18th Century. Susan Owen offers representative coverage of new forms of drama in this period, and of ways in which old forms are altered. Her study covers heroic drama, comedy, tragedy, tragi-comedy, and Shakespeare adaptations, by focusing on specific 'dramatic highlights' and giving close reading of particular plays.

A Companion to Restoration Drama

The three sections of the volume address the diverse aspects of Restoration Drama.

A Companion to Restoration Drama

This Companion illustrates the vitality and diversity of dramatic work 1660 to 1710. Twenty-five essays by leading scholars in the field bring together the best recent insights into the full range of dramatic practice and innovation at the time. Introduces readers to the recent boom in scholarship that has revitalised Restoration drama Explores historical and cultural contexts, genres of Restoration drama, and key dramatists, among them Dryden and Behn

Drama and Politics in the English Civil War

This group included the short pamphlet dramas of the 1640s and the texts produced by the writers of the 1650s, such as William Davenant, Margaret Cavendish and James Shirley.

Drama and Politics in the English Civil War

An analysis of the diverse focus of dramatic production in 1640s and 1650s England.

Politics and Theater

Moliére's anticlerical comedy Tartuffe is the unique prism through which Sheryl Kroen views postrevolutionary France in the years of the Restoration.

Politics and Theater

Moliére's anticlerical comedy Tartuffe is the unique prism through which Sheryl Kroen views postrevolutionary France in the years of the Restoration. Following the lead of the French men and women who turned to this play in the 1820s to make sense of their world, Kroen exposes the crisis of legitimacy defining the regime in these years and demonstrates how the people of the time made steps toward a democratic resolution to this crisis. Moving from the town squares, where state and ecclesiastical officials orchestrated their public spectacles in favor of the monarchy, to the theaters, where the French used Tartuffe to mock the restored monarch and the church, this cultural history of the Restoration offers a rich and colorful portrait of a period in which critical legacies of the revolutionary period were played out and cemented. While most historians have characterized the Restoration as a period of reaction and reversal, Kroen offers convincing evidence that the Restoration was a critical bridge between the emerging practices of the Old Regime, the Revolution, and the post-1830 politics of protest. She re-creates the atmosphere of Restoration France and at the same time brings major nineteenth-century themes into focus: memory and commemoration, public and private spheres, politics and religion, anticlericalism, and the formation of democratic ideologies and practices.

Restoration Plays and Players

Biographical treatments of Restoration actors are, with one exception, in short supply. ... 1979); Derek Hughes, Dryden's Heroic Plays (Macmillan, 1981); and Susan J. Owen, Restoration Theatre and Crisis (Clarendon Press, 1996), ...

Restoration Plays and Players

Introducing readers to the key texts, theatrical practice and context of late seventeenth-century drama, David Roberts combines literary and theatrical approaches to show how Restoration plays were written, performed, received and printed. Structured according to the 'life cycle' of the dramatic text, this book reproduces extracts from twenty-four of the most influential Restoration plays to provide readers with a comprehensive and colourful introduction to the period's drama. Roberts encourages readers to look beyond a limited canon of established plays and practice, and to see how Restoration Drama has been revived and adapted on the modern stage. Restoration Plays and Players is of great interest to undergraduate and non-specialist readers of seventeenth-century drama, Restoration literature and theatre studies.

The Horror Plays of the English Restoration

A Companion to Restoration Drama. Oxford, Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 2001. ———. “'He that should guard my virtue has betrayed it': The Dramatization of Rape in the Exclusion Crisis.” Restoration and Eighteenth Century Theatre Review 9 ...

The Horror Plays of the English Restoration

A decade after the Restoration of Charles II, a disturbing group of tragedies, dubbed by modern critics the horror or the blood-and-torture villain tragedies, burst onto the London stage. Ten years later they were gone - absorbed into the partisan frenzy which enveloped the theatre at the height of the Exclusion Crisis. Despite burgeoning interest, until now there has been no full investigation into why these deeply unsettling plays were written when they were and why they so fascinated audiences for the period that they held the stage. The author’s contention is that the genre of horror gains its popularity at times of social dislocation. It reflects deep schisms in society, and English society was profoundly unsettled and in a (delayed) state of shock from years of social upheaval and civil conflict. Through recurrent images of monstrosity, madness, venereal disease, incest and atheism, Hermanson argues that the horror dramatists trope deep-seated and unresolved anxieties - engaging profoundly with contemporary discourse by abreacting the conspiratorial climate of suspicion and fear. Some go as far as to question unequivocally the moral and political value of monarchy, vilifying the office of kingship and pushing ideas of atheism further than in any drama produced since Seneca. This study marks the first comprehensive investigation of these macabre tragedies in which playwrights such as Nathaniel Lee, Thomas Shadwell, Elkanah Settle, Thomas Otway and the Earl of Rochester take their audience on an exploration of human iniquity, thrusting them into an examination of man’s relationship to God, power, justice and evil.

Prologues and Epilogues of Restoration Theater

Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth/Century British Theater. ... The History of the English Stage, from the Restauration to the Present Time. London: E. Curll, 1741. ... Restoration Theatre and Crisis.

Prologues and Epilogues of Restoration Theater

The book covers the years 1660-1714 in London, and studies how issues related to politics, marriage, the treatment of women, and performance are presented in prologues and epilogues. The primary theme is the study of how women's performances of comedy on stage gave them the agency to negotiate such political and cultural issues.

Reader s Guide to Literature in English

In his view, Caroline drama reacts to, and meditates upon, the growing political crisis, especially the growing ... Restoration Theatre (Stratfordupon-Avon Studies series), London: Edward Arnold, 1965; New York: St Martin's Press, ...

Reader s Guide to Literature in English

Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

Shakespeare s Rise to Cultural Prominence

... Restoration Politics and Drama: The Plays of Thomas Otway, 1675–1683 (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1995); Allardyce Nicoll, 'Political Plays of the Restoration, MLR 16 (1921), 224–42; Owen, Restoration Theatre and Crisis; ...

Shakespeare s Rise to Cultural Prominence

Shakespeare's rise to prominence was by no means inevitable. While he was popular in his lifetime, the number of new editions and revivals of his plays declined over the following decades. Emma Depledge uses the methodologies of book and theatre history to provide a re-assessment of the reputation and dissemination of Shakespeare during the Interregnum and Restoration. She demonstrates the crucial role of the Exclusion Crisis (1678–1682), a political crisis over the royal succession, as a foundational moment in Shakespeare's canonisation. The period saw a sudden surge of theatrical alterations and a significantly increased rate of new editions and stage revivals. In the wake of the Exclusion Crisis, Shakespeare's plays were made available on a scale not witnessed since the early seventeenth century, thus reversing what might otherwise have been a permanent disappearance of his drama from canonical familiarity and firmly establishing Shakespeare's work in the national cultural imagination.

Rehearsing the Revolution

Radical Performance, Radical Politics in the English Restoration Odai Johnson ... Restoration Theatre and Crisis ( Oxford University Press , 1996 ) ; Jessica Munns , Restoration Politics and Drama , The Plays of Thomas Otway , 1675-1683 ...

Rehearsing the Revolution

It charts the limits of representation within the royal theater where Whig playwrights were challenging Stuart mythography, before moving out onto the streets where the contracts of representation were less circumscribed by royal interests. It was on the streets of London that the Whig party staged massive civic performances - the Pope-Burning pageants - that allowed the circulation of the Exclusion platform."--BOOK JACKET.

Marvell and Liberty

For an account of the Exclusion Crisis, see Susan J. Owen, Restoration Theatre and Crisis, chapters 1 and 2; J. P. Kenyon, The Popish Plot (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1974); Scott, Algernon Sidney and the Restoration Crisis; ...

Marvell and Liberty

Marvell and Liberty is a collection of original essays by leading scholars which treats this major poet in an entirely new light. Uniquely, it gives equal attention to the full range of Marvell's writings. Marvell is a writer deeply implicated in the history of his time, and as the essays in this volume show, also exercised a potent political influence after his death. Marvell and Liberty constitutes a major reassessment of a figure who lived much of his life close to the epicentre of the revolutionary upheavals of the seventeenth century.

Heroes and States

Now Susan J. Owen's Restoration Theatre in Crisis (1996, foreshadowed in her 1963 article “Interpreting the Politics of Restoration Drama”) takes me to task for failing to read the subtle nuances of Exclusion Crisis drama as the plays ...

Heroes and States

To understand the cultural history of England during the Restoration, one need look no further than the theater, which was attended by the gentry as well as by members of the middle and lower classes. The theater of this period embodied the values, meanings, and power relations of Restoration England. In Heroes and States, Douglas Canfield argues that drama not only represents but actually helps constitute the value and belief systems of an entire culture. Heroes and States completes Canfield's two-volume cultural history of Restoration drama, begun in Tricksters and Estates: On the Ideology of Restoration Comedy. In this second volume Canfield shows how Restoration playwrights attempted to rein scribe late-feudal aristocratic ideology after the English Civil War. In the serious drama of the period, conflict is between noble heroes, upon whom states are built, and transgressors of the established order -- tyrants, traitors, usurpers, rapists, and atheists. Canfield considers several sub genres of tragedy. He argues that most of these sub genres reaffirm the older ideology after testing it in the fires of conflict. Tragical satire, on the other hand, the most subversive of these sub genres, exposes the failure of the ruling class to live up to its own codes and, in some cases, the absurdity of the codes themselves. Canfield also finds playwrights struggling with issues of race and colonialism. He uses the work of modern theorists such as Bakhtin, Girard, Kristeva, Derrida, Althusser, Williams, and Eagleton to illuminate aspects of his inquiries. Restoration tragedy stands on the cusp of a cultural transition from a late feudal to an early bourgeois ideology, and the issues and themes addressed in the theater validate the culture and politics of seventeenth-century England.

Gentility and the Comic Theatre of Late Stuart London

Orr , B. , Empire on the English Stage 1660-1714 ( Cambridge , 2001 ) . Orrell , J. , ' A New Witness of the Restoration Stage ' , Theatre Research International 2 ( 1977 ) , 86–97 . Owen , S. J. , ' Drama and Political Crisis ' , in D.

Gentility and the Comic Theatre of Late Stuart London

The book examines how gentility was portrayed at London's theatres during the early modern era.

A Pleasing Sinne

This essay focuses on sex comedy , which is not to say that that was the only type of Restoration comedy . ... 7 For a fuller discussion of these contradictions see my Restoration Theatre and Crisis ( Oxford : Clarendon Press , 1996 ) ...

A Pleasing Sinne

By discussing diverse social contexts - from the Inns of Court to rural Derbyshire - contributors ask what kinds of etiquettes and rituals governed different drinking communities in the seventeenth century. What was the significance of particular drink for particular social contexts? How exclusive were drinking communities? And what happened when outsiders breached these coteries? The role of gender in drinking and sociability in considered, including the ambiguous figure of the female drinker: was alcohol a source of female empowerment or a mechanism to enforce a patriarchal culture? The influence of particular kinds of drink - claret, port, beer, ale, cider, perry - and particular kinds of drinkers in generating discourses of politics, nationalism, and xenophobia is considered; and the received views of moderation and excess are analysed: while early modern medicinal tracts championed measured drinking of wine and beer as a cure for sickness, drunkenness was consistently and dramatically aligned with physical decay, madness and sedition. The range of texts discussed is broad: popular broadside ballads and husbandry manuals; dramatic works; verse collections; manuscript miscellanies; scientific and medical tracts; and political treaties. Contributors: STELLA ACHILLEOS, KAREN BRITLAND, CEDRIC C. BROWN, TANYA CASSIDY, LOUISE HILL CURTH, ANGELA MCSHANE JONES, MARIKA KEBLUSEK, CHARLES C. LUDINGTON, CHARLOTTE MCBRIDE, MICHELLE O'CALLAGHAN, SUSAN J. OWEN, VITTORIA DI PALMA, ADAM SMYTH.

Political Communication and Political Culture in England 1558 1688

See George Whiting, “The Condition of the London Theatres, 1679–89: A Reflection of the Political Situation,” Studies in Philology 82 (1927): 195–206; George Whiting, ... For Dryden, see Owen, Restoration Theatre and Crisis, 15.

Political Communication and Political Culture in England  1558 1688

This book surveys the channels through which political ideas and knowledge were conveyed to the English people from the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth I to the Revolution of 1688. Shapiro argues that an assessment of English political culture requires an examination of all means by which this culture was expressed and communicated. While the discussion focuses primarily on genres such as the sermon, newsbook, poetry, and drama, it also considers the role of events and institutions. Shapiro is the first to explore and elucidate the entire web of communication in early modern English political life.

The Politics of Opera in Handel s Britain

On politics in the plays of the 1680s, Owen, Restoration Theatre and Crisis; Owen, “Interpreting the Politics of Restoration Drama,” Seventeenth Century 8 (1993), and 67-97; and Hume, The Development ofEnglish Drama, 340-79.

The Politics of Opera in Handel s Britain

Thomas McGeary's book explores the relationship between Italian opera and British partisan politics in the era of George Frideric Handel.

Restoration Comedy

Crises of Desire and Identity Edward Burns. sees in the theatre? How far, and when, can one privilege one character's view of events above another's? Its confusions are echt-Shadwell, and it is somehow a pity to move from this to the ...

Restoration Comedy

What is Restoration comedy? What pleasure does it offer its audience, and what significance does it find in exploring that pleasure? Edward Burns here provides a new account of the origins and nature of Restoration comedy as a distinct genre. The book enlarges the usual focus with a wider range of writers than the conventional ossified canon taking in a revaluation of many rarely studied dramatists, a reconsideration of pastoral, and the instatement of women writers as major contributors to the culture of the age. It offers a substantial and original interpretation of one of the most intriguing of seventeenth-century literature forms.