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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When Leonid Brezhnev died on 10 November 1982 and the Czech National Committee decreed that the only suitable dramatic genre for the day was tragedy, the Ypsilon Theater canceled its scheduled comedy and performed Macbeth “with ...
The facts are that genres borrow constantly from one another, that within a given genre one work may differ greatly from another, and that some works may fit conveniently in more than one genre. Leonard Willan's Astraea (1651), ...
Elsewhere in the “Little World” were other masques and masquelike entertainments, sometimes so different in nature as to suggest a different genre, sometimes so much simpler as to remind one of the origins of masquing in costumed dance.
Perhaps more to the point than genre decorum, however, is the figura*Some of the complexities of Strafford's fall are intimated nicely in an anonymous “epitaph” reprinted by Saintsbury: “Here lies wise and valiant dust/ Huddled up ...
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