Comparative Drama

Journal for comparative and interdisciplinary study of drama.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, Spring

"All Injury's Forgot": Restoration Sex Comedy and National Amnesia
Why should a foolish marriage vow Which long ago was made, Oblige us to each other now When passion is decayed? We loved, and we loved, as long as we could, Till our love was loved out in us both. But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure is fled:...
Gimcracks Legacy: Sex, Wealth, and the Theater of Experimental Philosophy
Experimental philosophy in the late seventeenth century depended upon what Stephen Shapin and Simon Schaffer have famously characterized as the "modest witness" that is, a gendered figure of authority, gentility, and privilege measured for "[his] moral...
Introduction: Rethinking Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama
In 1983, in a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation entitled "New Approaches to Restoration Drama" James Thompson called for a rethinking of the grounds of interpretation in order to "address [the] most basic and crucial...
Performing the West Indies: Comedy, Feeling, and British Identity
Writing in 1772, Richard Cumberland described his approach to comedy as design'd as an attempt upon [the readers] heart, and as such proceeds with little deviation from mine" (1) More than thirty-five years later, he reiterated this sentiment in his...
Sheridan, the School for Scandal, and Aggression
For a canonical play, one that was extremely successful from the start and has occupied a regular place in the repertory ever since the 1770s, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal elicits no consensus from playgoers or readers about what...
The Paradoxes of Slavery in Thomas Southerne's Oroonoko
Critics generally base their analyses of ambivalent representations of slavery in Oroonoko, Thomas Southernes popular 1695 play, on its hero. (1) By concentrating on Oroonoko, an African prince, many scholars argue that Southerne (1660-1746) objects,...

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