Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Summer

David Garrick's Invisible Nemeses
In an interesting look at biographies of David Garrick, Cheryl Wanko poses an intriguing question. On discovering that Garrick had inspired more than five hundred critical commentaries during his lifetime, she asks, "[W]hy was Garrick important enough...
Enchanting Evil: English Romantic Criticism on Edmund Kean's Interpretation of Richard III and Schiller's Theory on the Immoral Characters in Art
The threatening power of any behavior perceived as dangerous and disruptive for the social order has always been designated as "evil" in the Western Christian culture. Its presence has often acquired a metaphysical character, which compelled a manichaeistic...
Pathos and Politics in John Banks' Vertue Betray'd, or Anna Bullen (1682)
Crescit sub Pondere Virtus.[Virtue thrives ever under oppression.]1The place of pathos in English culture and civic life was being reconce ived as John Banks wrote his series of four history plays for the London stage in the early 1680s. Recent work...
Restoration Drama and "The Circle of Commerce": Tragicomedy, Politics, and Trade in the Seventeenth Century
Richard Kroll. Restoration Drama and "The Circle of Commerce": Tragicomedy, Politics, and Trade in the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2007. 346 pages. $104 (£58) hardcover. ISBN: 9780521828376.In the introduction to Restoration Drama...
Shakespeare and Garrick/Opera and Drama in Eighteenth-Century London: The King's Theatre, Garrick and the Business of Performance
Vanessa Cunningham. Shakespeare and Garrick. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2008. i-231 pages. $99 (£50) hardcover. ISBN: 9780521889773.Ian Woodfield. Opera and Drama in Eighteenth-Century London: The King's Theatre, Garrick and the Business of Performance....
Theater and Nation in Eighteenth-Century Germany
Michael J. Sosulski. Theater and Nation in Eighteenth-Century Germany. Studies in European Cultural Transition. Great Britain: Ashgate, 2007. 178 pages. $99.95 (£55) hardcover. ISBN: 9780754637196.Exploring how national identities are constructed has...
The Cult of Kean
Jeffrey Kahan. The Cult of Kean. Alders hot (Hampshire) - Burlington: Ashgate, 2006. 205 pages + 15 b&w illustrations. $110 (£55) hardcover. ISBN 0754656500.The eternal problem with the mythopoietic figures of the Regency period is that today's fascination...
The Hobbesian Other in Congreve's Comedies
Within the narrow scope provided by Restoration comic plots that revolve around marriage, sexual desire, and domestic power, major political issues are raised such as sovereignty within the patriarchal family. As early as the late 1660s and increasingly...
"Too High for Souls like Mine to Hide": Feminine Retreat and Exposure in Aphra Behn's the Feign'd Curtizans
The Feign 'd Curtizans (1679) gleans its comic energy from the industry of women who endeavor to fulfill their desires by appearing not to pursue them. Prohibited from asserting openly the intention to couple with a man of their choosing, Behn's female...
Witchcraft
Witchcraft by Joanna BaUUe at the Finbo rough Theatre, directed by Bronwen Carr and produced by Naomi George, May 2008.Joanna Baillie's biographer, Judith Slagle, records for us "the very curious and original scene in Scott's Bride of Lammer muir" that...
Women's Theatrical Memoirs
Sharon Setzer, Editor. Women's Theatrical Memoirs, Part One, Volumes 1-5. London: Pickering and Ctaatto, 2007. 2000 pages. $750 (£425) hardcover. ISBN: 9781851968619.The overall title of the collection is perhaps a little misleading since only part of...
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