A Companion to Restoration Drama by Susan J. Owen

By Susan J. Owen

This 'Companion' illustrates the energy and variety of dramatic paintings 1660 to 1710. Twenty-five essays by means of prime students within the box collect the easiest fresh insights into the whole diversity of dramatic perform and innovation on the time.

• Introduces readers to the new growth in scholarship that has revitalised recovery drama
• Explores ancient and cultural contexts, genres of recovery drama, and key dramatists, between them Dryden and Behn

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In doing so, he was clearly experimenting with the packaging and marketing of literary criticism to a broad, popular audience, something he would continue to do for the remainder of his career. Dennis and Gildon were also involved in the print controversy sparked by the publication of Jeremy Collier's A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage: Together with the Sense of Antiquity upon this Argument (1698), a long treatise that seemed to many to call for the abolition of the theatre.

H. ). (1970). Survey of London. Vol. 35: The Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. London: Athlone Press. Southern, Richard (1952). Changeable Scenery. London: Faber and Faber. Styan, J. L. (1986). Restoration Comedy in Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ). (1965). The London Stage, 1660-1800. Part I: 1660-1700, ed. Emmett L. Avery and Arthur H. Scouten. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Visser, Colin (1975). 'The Anatomy of the Early Restoration Stage: The Adventures of Five Hours and John Dryden's "Spanish" Comedies', Theatre Notebook 29, 56-69 and 114-19.

Thus, the debate between Shadwell and Dryden provides insight into contemporary comic theory (something that playwrights did not explore in print again until the 1690s), Restoration Dramatic Theory and Criticism 25 and shows us how these writers came to terms with their past, and how they hoped to transmit the past in their own dramatic works. Perhaps the most successful and best-known assault on Dryden's prefatory criticism is found in The Rehearsal. Written by George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, and a circle of wits in the 1660s and performed in December 1671, The Rehearsalwas an attack on popular drama of the day.

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