Winter Fruit: English Drama, 1642-1660
University Press of Kentucky, 2014 M10 17 - 472 pages
Probably the most blighted period in the history of English drama was the time of the Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate. With the theaters closed, the country at war, the throne in fatal decline, and the powers of Parliament and Cromwell growing greater, the received wisdom has been that drama in England largely withered and died.
Throughout the official hiatus in playing, he shows, dramas continued to be composed, translated, transmuted, published, bought, read, and even covertly acted. Furthermore, the tendency of drama to become interestingly topical and political grew more pronounced.
In illuminating one of the least understood periods in English literary history, Randall's study not only encompasses a large amount of dramatic and historical material but also takes into account much of the scholarship published in recent decades. Winter Fruit is a major interpretive work in literary and social history.
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Whether comic or otherwise, the topical allusions so acknowledged were largely a form of political critique. Furthermore, some of the boldest may be forever beyond our retrieval because they were the product of the actors' extemporizing ...
According to Quintilian, examples from history are valuable because “as a rule history seems to repeat itself and the experience of the past is a valuable support to reason” (3.8.66-67). Hence, at a comic level, Don Armado's wish that ...
For instance, whereas Harbage took the view that these plays are in the main soberly serious—and Some surely are—many are brightened or sharpened by comic scenes and satire. (Jonson, after all, was still an admired model.) ...
For example, we have more than an in-character comic malapropism when an unwell Lady Albion is said to be “troubled with a Liturgie.” In fact, the physician on duty is allowed simultaneously to clarify and to backtrack on the author's ...
That is, they are capable of simulating or borrowing certain comic or tragic devices and of appealing, broadly speaking, to one's comic or tragic sense. Granted some latitude for occasional parodic, reversed intentions, then, ...
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