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Astraea Redux? Drama, 1660–1668

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The early celebrations of restoration, such as John Dryden's poem Astraea Redux, depict the return of justice to a world distracted by anarchy and subverted degree, but the treatment of justice ... More


‘To call every thing into question’: Influences on the Drama  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This book traces patterns of diversity that gradually shift in their composition and proportions, and a number of interlinked motifs become evident. It is noteworthy that, after 1688, contented Whigs ... More


Dryden and the Idea of a Literary Tradition

Richard Terry

in Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past: 1660-1781

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186236
eISBN:
9780191718557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186236.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses two related conceits that express how literature is passed down between generations. In the first, tradition is viewed as a process of filiation: a great writer of an earlier ... More


‘Where is Astrea fled?’: Tragedy, 1668–1676  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

In 1669, Sir William Killigrew published his last play, The Imperial Tragedy, which deals with regicide and restoration based on Zeno; sive, Ambitio Infelix by the English Jesuit Joseph Simons, which ... More


‘Not one mark of former Majesty’: Tragedy, 1676–1682  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

By 1676, the festive comedy of the early Restoration had given way to darker treatments of human desire. In serious drama, the heroic idealism of Earl of Orrery — the object of such festive plays as ... More


Heroic drama on the commonwealth and Restoration stage

Rachel Willie

in Staging the Revolution: Drama, reinvention and history, 1647-72

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719087639
eISBN:
9781526104052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087639.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter four demonstrates how Davenant’s first protectorate entertainment, The Siege of Rhodes (1656 and 1663), was revised at the Restoration as a heroic drama to make it suitable for the changing ... More


Dryden, Behn, and what is ‘secretly in the poet’

Matthew Reynolds

in The Poetry of Translation: From Chaucer & Petrarch to Homer & Logue

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199605712
eISBN:
9780191731617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In his Preface to Ovid's Epistles, Dryden advocates translation‐as‐paraphrase, in which the ‘sense’ is allowed to ‘amplified’ but not ‘altered’—though he admits that, in the translations themselves, ... More


Temporality and Subjectivity: Dryden's “Dedication of the Aeneis”

in Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England, 1600-1800

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759441
eISBN:
9780804779791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759441.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

John Dryden's translations, including those of Ovid and Juvenal, his own versions of Persius, the complete works of Virgil, and the Fables, allowed him to explore and extend poetic subjectivity as ... More


Classical Translations of the Classics: The Dynamics of Literary Tradition in Retranslating Epic Poetry

Richard H. Armstrong

in Translation and the Classic: Identity as Change in the History of Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199288076
eISBN:
9780191713439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288076.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the retranslation of Greek epic poetry and argues for its importance in understanding how literary traditions shape the translation scenario. First, it treats the epic ... More


Politics, Epistemology, and Public Theater

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Chapter 5 traces masques' representations of political alternatives throughout the seventeenth century, masques' prominently varied epistemological investments, and their deployment in creating an ... More


‘Dreams of Men Awake’: India

Ros Ballaster

in Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England 1662–1785

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199234295
eISBN:
9780191696657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234295.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter argues that fictions claiming to derive from and about India repeatedly trope India as a dream, but not always in the positive sense of a space to be possessed by the imagination. ... More


How John Dryden read his Milton: <i>The State of Innocence</i> reconsidered

Matthew C. Augustine

in Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526113894
eISBN:
9781526138897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113894.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter reconsiders John Dryden’s dramatic adaptation of Paradise Lost, The State of Innocence. Not exactly neglected, neither has Dryden’s opera been much appreciated by modern critics. ... More


Poetry and the Cromwellian Protectorate: Culture, Politics, and Institutions

Edward Holberton

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199544585
eISBN:
9780191719981
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544585.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This book shows that the Protectorate's instabilities helped to generate lively and innovative poetry. Protectorate verse explores the fault-lines of a culture which ceaselessly contested the ... More


‘Senseless Riot, Neronian Gambols’: Comedy, 1676–1682  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

By late 1676, the predominant character of comedy was clearly darkening, as dramatists reacted with various kinds of moral earnestness to George Etherege's morally dispassionate portrayal of ... More


Wordsworth’s Aeneid (1974)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter looks at English Romantic poet William Wordsworth's translation of Virgil's Aeneid. It mentions the temperamental affinities of Wordsworth with Virgil, his similar appreciation of a ... More


‘The freedoms of the present’: Comedy, 1668–1676  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Until the mid-1670s, tragedy was the more radical genre than comedy. If comic dramatists in the years immediately following 1668 were slow to imitate George Etherege and John Dryden, they were not ... More


‘Priests of all Religions are the same’: Dryden and the Politics of Irreligion

Philip Connell

in Secular Chains: Poetry and the Politics of Religion from Milton to Pope

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199269587
eISBN:
9780191820496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269587.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter begins with some consideration of the libertine anti-clericalism of court wits such as Rochester, but its principal points of focus are the career of John Dryden in the 1670s and 1680s, ... More


Poets: Laureates, Social, and Commercial

Margaret J. M. Ezell

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645–1714: The Later Seventeenth Century: Companion Volume

Published in print:
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
eISBN:
9780191849572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780191849572.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

There were three poets laureate in the last decade of the century: John Dryden, Thomas Shadwell, and Nahum Tate, all of whom had begun their careers writing for the stage. Poets active during this ... More


‘Armed winter, and inverted day’: the politics of cold in Dryden and Purcell’s <i>King Arthur</i>

Anne Cotterill

in Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526113894
eISBN:
9781526138897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113894.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Led by the perspectives of eco-criticism and climate science, this chapter approaches King Arthur through its famous masque, the Frost Scene, which the evil Saxon wizard Osmond conjures in the war ... More


Inglorious Spensers

Colin Burrow

in Epic Romance: Homer to Milton

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117940
eISBN:
9780191671135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117940.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

A further, and perhaps historically more important response to Edmund Spenser's poem The Faerie Queene emerges through the seventeenth century. Passions come to be seen as independent forces; heroes ... More


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