Meridian Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Plays by Women

ISBN-10: 0452011108
ISBN-13: 9780452011106
Edition: N/A
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Description: "Women playwrights of the Restoration and eighteenth century were bawdy and proper, apologetic and defiant, often derided and occasionally praised. The seven women represented in this groundbreaking anthology - the only collection of Restoration and  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

"Women playwrights of the Restoration and eighteenth century were bawdy and proper, apologetic and defiant, often derided and occasionally praised. The seven women represented in this groundbreaking anthology - the only collection of Restoration and eighteenth-century plays devoted exclusively to women - had but one thing in common: the desire to ignore convention and write for the stage. In 1660, when theatres in England reopened after years of Puritan repression, women trod the boards as actors for the very first time. By the end of the century they had stormed and breached another bastion of the male domain and become dramatists as well. Most available collections of plays from the period exclude them; traditional criticism overlooks or diminishes them. But their works, as seen here, hold their own against the most popular productions for the theater from 1678 to 1787, and do it with a distinctively female spirit. Each of these English women, and the one American, Mercy Otis Warren, legitimized the profession of playwright for their sex. They were the genre's prolific women pioneers whose body of work has remained unmatched until the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Introduction
Notes to Introduction
Aphra Behn
Sir Patient Fancy (1678)
Notes to Sir Patient Fancy
Mary Griffith Pix
The Spanish Wives (1696)
Notes to The Spanish Wives
Susanna Centlivre
A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)
Notes to A Bold Stroke for a Wife
Mercy Otis Warren
The Group (1775)
Notes to The Group
Frances Burney
The Witlings (1779)
Notes to The Witlings
Hannah Cowley
The Belle's Stratagem (1780)
Notes to The Belle's Stratagem
Elizabeth Inchbald
Such Things Are (1787)
Notes to Such Things Are
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