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‘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


Secularizing Conscience in Milton's Republican Community

Lana Cable

in Milton and Toleration

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199295937
eISBN:
9780191712210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295937.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter explores ambiguities and contradictions in the thinking of Milton and other republicans, whose ideas about toleration came into conflict with their demands for freedom of conscience. ... More


‘Dire is the Dearth and Famine on the Stage’: Drama, 1682–1688  

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/9780198119746.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

In November 1682 the ailing King's Company merged with the more adventurously and expertly managed Duke's, and for the next thirteen years the London stage became a monopoly. The absence of ... More


‘A Cause like yours would summon the Just Gods’: Tragedy, 1688–1695  

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/9780198119746.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The first tragedy known to have been premiered after the Revolution was Nathaniel Lee's anti-Catholic pot-boiler The Massacre of Paris, written during the Exclusion Crisis and banned. Here ‘A hundred ... More


Seen on Stage: Public Performances in London and the Court

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/9780191849572.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The changing nature of London’s commercial theatres was seen in the increasing involvement of singers, dancers, and spectacular effects. Many playwrights including Dryden, Wycherley, and Behn were ... More


Hypertragedy

Helen Slaney

in The Senecan Aesthetic: A Performance History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198736769
eISBN:
9780191800412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736769.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

When English theatres reopened in 1660 following the restoration of the monarchy, Seneca remained a resource for tragedians. In particular, playwright Nathaniel ‘Mad Nat’ Lee made extensive use of ... More


‘Bring(ing) Forth Alive the Conceptions of the Brain’: The Transmission of French to English Fiction between Stage and Page

Ros Ballaster

in Seventeenth-Century Fiction: Text and Transmission

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198737261
eISBN:
9780191800740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737261.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The ‘rise’ of the novel in England is deeply related to the ‘new’ culture of stage fiction in Restoration England. While novel-writing remained, for the majority of Restoration English authors, a ... More


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