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Five Romantic Plays, 1768-1821 / Edition 1
     

Five Romantic Plays, 1768-1821 / Edition 1

by Paul Baines
 

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ISBN-10: 0192833162

ISBN-13: 2900192833166

Pub. Date: 07/01/1900

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Thriving during a period of profound revolution in Europe, the British Romantic theatre found itself re-examining social and sexual relations in English society. The five plays collected in this edition—the only one of its kind—represent some of the most radical and unusual examples of the drama created during this period. Horace invented gothic melodrama

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Thriving during a period of profound revolution in Europe, the British Romantic theatre found itself re-examining social and sexual relations in English society. The five plays collected in this edition—the only one of its kind—represent some of the most radical and unusual examples of the drama created during this period. Horace invented gothic melodrama with his incest tragedy, The Mysterious Mother; Robert Southey imagined the theatre as a site of revolutionary protest in Wat Tyler (1794); Joanna Baillie's psychological case study in aristocratic hatred in De Monfort (1768) was thought too alarming to have been written by a woman, while Elizabeth Inchbald's hugely successful Lover's Vows (1798) was sufficiently subversive for Jane Austen to analyze some of its illicit potential in Mansfield Park (1814); Byron's strenuous tragedy The Two Foscari (1821) explores an inescapable conflict between parental love and political authority. The stage imagined by these writers is an arena of culturally charged issues—political, sexual, and socia—paralleling the ones being debated and decided in society at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900192833166
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/01/1900
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432

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