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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English Drama, 1642-1660 Dale B.J. Randall. PREFACE ... this Mad, Sad, Cold Winter of discontent. —John Taylor, Crop ... dramatic writings in English during the 1640s and 1650s, and in the process I explore particularly some of the many ...
English Drama, 1642-1660 Dale B.J. Randall. and contextual approach, I have come to see it as situated somewhere between Martin Butler's study of slightly earlier English drama (that is, Caroline drama before 1642) and Robert Hume's ...
English Drama, 1642-1660 Dale B.J. Randall. [I] A CASE OF CULTURAL POETICS Look to your Hats and Clokes, the Red ... drama a comfortable point of closure. When the theatrical companies were silenced that year by Parliament, the many ...
English Drama, 1642-1660 Dale B.J. Randall. implicitly the danger and hence the effectiveness of dramatic performances of the day. Furthermore, throughout the ensuing official hiatus in playing, dramas continued to be composed ...
English Drama, 1642-1660 Dale B.J. Randall. are nevertheless likely to understand them a little more fully if we stay ... dramatic works between then and now. To cite but a scattered sampling, David Mallet's Mustapha (1739) took up a ...
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