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The Cambridge companion to English Restoration theatre
Payne Fisk, Deborah.
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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xxvii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The theatre / Edward A. Langhans -- The performance / Joseph Roach -- Adaptations and revivals / Michael Dobson -- Comedy / Brian Corman -- Tragedy / Christopher J. Wheatley -- Tragicomedy / Nancy Klein Maguire -- Farce / Peter Holland -- Restoration and settlement: 1660 and 1688 / Derek Hughes -- Change, skepticism, and uncertainty / Jessica Munns -- Drama and political crisis / Susan J. Owen -- Spectacle, horror, and pathos / Jean I. Marsden -- Gender, sexuality, and marriage / Pat Gill -- Playwright versus priest: profanity and the wit of restoration comedy / Michael Cordner -- The canon and its critics / Robert Markley.
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This rich and varied portrait of drama from 1660 to 1714 provides students with essential information about playwrights, staging and genres in their social and political context. The theater that followed the Restoration of Charles II is revealed in all of its tumult, energy and conflict. Contributors pay attention to major and minor playwrights, the first professional female dramatists, the performance aspects of the drama and the main dramatic genres and themes.

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Payne Fisk (American Univ.), co-editor, with J. Douglas Canfield, of Cultural Readings of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Theater (CH Nov'95), includes in the present excellent collection essays on a wide variety of issues: stage setting, genre, political background, critical context. The inclusiveness of the essays and the enthusiasm of their well-qualified authors make for a volume of admirable relevance and interest. Some readers might not need to be informed by Christopher Wheatley's essay "Tragedy" that John Dryden is "one of the most important of the English tragic playwrights of the Restoration," but such concern for context and expository thoroughness is typical of these essays and extends the collection's appeal to undergraduate and general readers needing an introduction. And upper-division students and specialists will not be averse to being reacquainted with the scope and energy of the drama. Payne Fisk includes a political-literary chronology, a general bibliography, and brief biographies and bibliographies proper to individual dramatists. This volume compares favorably to such titles as Richard Bevis's English Drama: Restoration and Eighteenth Century, 1660-1789 (1988). Highly recommended for all academic collections. J. Wilkinson; emeritus, Youngstown State University

Table of Contents

Edward A. LanghansJoseph RoachMichael DobsonBrian CormanChristopher J. WheatleyNancy Klein MaguirePeter HollandDerek HughesJessica MunnsSusan J. OwenJean I. MarsdenPat GillMichael CordnerRobert Markley
Illustrationsp. xi
Notes on contributorsp. xii
Prefacep. xv
Abbreviationsp. xix
Chronology: Texts and Eventsp. xxi
1 The theatrep. 1
2 The performancep. 19
3 Adaptations and revivalsp. 40
4 Comedyp. 52
5 Tragedyp. 70
6 Tragicomedyp. 86
7 Farcep. 107
8 Restoration and settlement: 1660 and 1688p. 127
9 Change, skepticism, and uncertaintyp. 142
10 Drama and political crisisp. 158
11 Spectacle, horror, and pathosp. 174
12 Gender, sexuality, and marriagep. 191
13 Playwright versus priest: profanity and the wit of Restoration comedyp. 209
14 The canon and its criticsp. 226
Biographies and selected bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 289