A Companion to Restoration Drama by Susan J. Owen

By Susan J. Owen

This 'Companion' illustrates the power and variety of dramatic paintings 1660 to 1710. Twenty-five essays through prime students within the box collect the easiest fresh insights into the total diversity of dramatic perform and innovation on the time.

• Introduces readers to the new growth in scholarship that has revitalised recovery drama
• Explores old and cultural contexts, genres of recovery drama, and key dramatists, between them Dryden and Behn

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For many people, theatregoing was a social occasion: they could talk to friends, meet new people, criticize the play, make assignations, follow the plot, lose interest, get caught up, turn away, turn back, come, go, hear, hear not. It was all part of their afternoon at the theatre. For the acting companies, playing to such spectators was a formidable challenge. Common sense would dictate that they should not present plays that had characters speaking directly to the audience, for surely that would encourage the audience to talk back.

Dennis is the first writer in England who seems to have consciously pursued a career as a critic. Dryden was, first and foremost, a dramatist; Rymer was a historian. Though Dennis's first efforts - Poems and Letters upon Several Occasions (1692) and Poems in Burlesque (1692) - show a desire to establish himself as a wit and a poet, Dennis published two works in 1693 that helped him earn his reputation as a critic: Miscellanies in λ/erse and Prose and The Impartial Critick. The preface to Miscellanies, Dennis's first major critical essay, features a relatively lengthy defence of burlesque verse against its principal detractors, Boileau and Dryden.

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