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By Susan J. Owen

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ISBN-13: 9781405176101

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

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

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Among Collier's opponents, Dennis is one of the few writers to resist battling the clergyman on his own terms. Accordingly, Dennis's The Usefulness of the Stage, To the Happiness of Mankind, To Government, and To Religion (1698) is perhaps the most successful of the early responses to Collier. In it, Dennis deliberately avoids answering Collier's specific charges of the immorality and profaneness of the modern English stage, 'For no Man can make any reasonable Defence, either for the Immorality or the Immodesty, or the unnecessary wanton Prophaneness, which are too justly charg'd upon it' (1: 147).

Accordingly, we need to acknowledge Dryden's unquestionable importance and impact, while also recognizing that he was not the only critical model available. Much of the criticism Dryden produced in the 1660s and 1670s is, however, seminal in that it defines the subject matter, tone and rhetoric of a significant amount of the dramatic criticism written during the period. , extraliterary apparatus, such as dedications and prefaces) as a site for literary criticism. Very few book-length works of criticism were written in England in the late seventeenth century: Rymer's The Tragedies of the Last Age (1677) is really the first, original, book of English dramatic criticism.

Very few book-length works of criticism were written in England in the late seventeenth century: Rymer's The Tragedies of the Last Age (1677) is really the first, original, book of English dramatic criticism. Rather, criticism typically appears in shorter - and more occasional - print formats, such as play prefaces and dedicatory epistles, prologues, epilogues, pamphlets, etc. Dryden wrote more prefatory criticism than any of his contemporaries, and, in doing so, set one standard for this genre of criticism.

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