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Drama and Politics in the English Civil War - Susan Wiseman

Drama and Politics in the English Civil War

Hardcover Published: 13th April 1998
ISBN: 9780521472210
Number Of Pages: 316

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In 1642 an ordinance closed the theaters of England. Critics and historians have assumed that the edict was firm and inviolate. Susan Wiseman challenges this assumption and argues that the period 1640 to 1660 was not a gap in the production and performance of drama. Rather, throughout the period writers focused instead on a range of dramas with political perspectives, from republican to royalist. In analyzing the diverse forms of dramatic production of the 1640s and 1650s, Wiseman offers new insights into the theater of the Civil War.

'... breathes new life into the traditional historiography of this fascinating period, challenging us to attend to neglected voices and lives.' History Today

List of illustrations
A note on texts and list of abbreviations
Introduction: how the drama disappeared
1642-1649: Cases in Politics and Drama
New news for a new world? Genre, politics and the news dialogues of the 1640s
'With the agreement of the people in their hands': transformations of 'radical' drama in the 1640s
Royalist versus republican ethics and aesthetics: The Famous Tragedie of Charles I and The Tragedy of the Famous Orator Marcus Tullius Cicero
Interchapter: 'The Life of Action': playing, action and discourse on performance in the 1640s
The 1650s: Protectorate, Politics and Performance
Gender and status in dramatic discourse
Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle
Royal or reformed? The politics of court entertainment in translation and performance
National identity, topic and genre in Davenant's Protectorate opera
Genre, politics and place: the social body in the dramatic career of John Tatham
True and loyal? politics and genre in Civil War and Protectorate tragicomedy
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ISBN: 9780521472210
ISBN-10: 0521472210
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 13th April 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.61