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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Comedies The Cavendish Phenomenon Tragicomedies The Rising Sun Appendixes - A. The Preface to Leonard Willan's Orgula (1658) B. Richard Flecknoe's A Short Discourse of the English Stage (1664) 16 37 51 66 95 117 140 157 184 208 229 248 ...
In the first and only edition of Thomas Goffe's The Careles Shepherdess, a pastoral tragicomedy acted before Charles and Henrietta Maria at Salisbury Court and later published in Cromwell's time (1656), one comes across a list ...
Leonard Willan's Astraea (1651), for example, yields different insights if viewed as a romance, a tragicomedy, or a pastoral. Beyond mere classification, in other words, genre provides an avenue to meaning—and perhaps especially where ...
Turning now to some performance texts of 1640–41 that are shaped variously as comedies, tragicomedies, and tragedies, we might observe first that comedies are plentiful and, in the main, good-natured works full of characters concerned ...
Tragicomedies of the pre-closure period make up an equally diverse group. An offering by the prolific professional James Shirley, The Imposture (acted at Blackfriars in 1640, but not published until 1653),” opens in a Mantua that is ...
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6 The Famous Tragedy of Charles I
8 Shows Motions and Drolls
12 Fruits of Seasons Gone
15 The Cavendish Phenomenon
17 The Rising Sun
9 Mungrell Masques and Their Kin
10 The Persistence of Pastoral
11 The Craft of Translation