Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer

Abject, Delude, Create: The Aesthetic Self-Consciousness of Early Eighteenth-Century Farce
Today as in earlier periods, farce is a much-maligned form of performance. In the early eighteenth century, it was derided as the nonsensically trivial, overly-embodied, and overly-commercial other to more ostensibly legitimate theater, even though it...
"A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs": The Rivals
"A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs": The Rivals, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Theatre Royal Bath Productions at the Malvern Theatre.When the times get tough, the tough get going to the theatre. This at least must be the hope of theatrical companies and...
Balloon and Seraglio: Burkean Anti-Imperialism in Elizabeth Inchbald's the Mogul Tale
The ballooning craze began with a rivalry between two French teams, and even before the Montgolfier brothers had successfully launched their first unfettered passenger flight from the palace grounds in the Bois de Boulogne on November 21st, 1783, the...
Heroic Mode and Political Crisis, 1660-1745
Elaine McGirr. Heroic Mode and Political Crisis, 1660-1745 Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009 245 pp. $56.00 ISBN 9780874130430.The eighteenth-century British state was an efficiently calibrated war machine. Military organization changed completely...
Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theatre
Felicity Nussbaum. Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theatre Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010 383 pp. $55.00 ISBN 978-0-8122-4233-1Over twenty years ago Felicity Nussbaum reinvigorated eighteenth-century...
Satanic Barnwell and Evian Millwood: Allusions to Paradise Lost in Lillo's the London Merchant
This essay argues that John Milton's Paradise Lost( 1667) is an important intertext for George Lillo's The London Merchant (1731). Though The London Merchant's intertextual relationship with Paradise Lost has been noted by various critics, criticism...
Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century
Review of Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Peter Sabor and Paul Yachnin. Ashgate Publishing Company, 2008 x + 189pp. Hardback $99.95 ISBN 978-0-7546-6295-2In their introduction to this collection of essays, Peter Sabor and Paul Yachnin lay...
Theatre of Crisis: The Performance of Power in the Kingdom of Ireland, 1662-1692
Patrick Tuite. Theatre of Crisis: The Performance of Power in the Kingdom of Ireland, 1662-1692 Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2010 275 pp. $65.00 ISBN-10: 1575911272Eighteenth-century Irish theatrical scholarship has undergone a sea change...
Theatrical Nation: Jews and Other Outlandish Englishmen in Georgian Britain
Michael Ragussis. Theatrical Nation: Jews and Other Outlandish Englishmen in Georgian Britain Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2010 288pp. $55.00In its focus on Englishness and notions of national identity in late Georgian Britain, Theatrical Nation...
"The Shame of This Pacific Reign": Engagement with the Past in Domestic Tragedy during the 1730s
Eighteenth-century domestic tragedy tends to be discussed with reference to the literature that followed it. Criticism has focused on the shifts in social and emotional scenarios which these works made possible, but has neglected the way in which the...
Wild Oats
Wild Oats by John O 'Keeffe at the Blackfriars Playhouse, Directed by Jim Warren, August-November 2010Reviewing the published version of John O'Keefe's Wild Oats in the Monthly Review in 1794, the playwright Thomas Holcroft was puzzled to find that it...
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