Broken Boundaries: Women & Feminism in Restoration Drama

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Katherine M. Quinsey
University Press of Kentucky, Dec 5, 1996 - Drama - 244 pages
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" This volume of twelve original essays is the first comprehensive study of feminist issues in Restoration drama. The late seventeenth century marks a pivotal era in the history of feminism, when Renaissance assumptions about gender and patriarchy were being directly challenged. For the first time, women appeared onstage as actresses, made their presence felt as spectators and patrons, and wrote a number of the plays produced in theaters. Ina n unusually direct and probing way, drama of the Restoration period raised radical questions about the place of women in the family and in society, and about the essential nature of men and women. The essays examine feminist issues from a variety of historical and theoretical approaches across a spectrum of plays -- comedies, tragedies, tragicomedies, and heroic drama. By addressing the acute questions of gender raised in the drama, Broken Boundaries presents a vivid portrait of the uncertainties and changing perceptions in all areas of intellectual, political, and social life during the last decades of the seventeenth century.

 

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Contents

Part
2
In the Carnival World
54
Closure and Subversion
71
Lady Fulbank and
89
Women
111
Feminine Will and
129
Resisting a Private Tyranny in
150
Telling Differences
164
Part 3
183
The Actress and the
201
Contributors
235
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