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Gentility and the Comic Theatre of Late Stuart London

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ISBN-10: 0521848091

ISBN-13: 9780521848091

Edition: 2005

Authors: Mark S. Dawson, Margot Finn, Colin Jones, Keith Wrightson

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Where Adam delved and Eve span Who was then the gentleman? Mark Dawson's approach to this riddle is not to study the lives of those said to belong to early modern England's gentry. He suggests we remain skeptical of all answers to this question and consider what was at stake whenever it was posed. We should conceive of gentility as a mutable process of social delineation. Gentility was a matter of power and language; cultural definition and social domination. Neither consistently defined nor applied to particular social groups, gentility was about identifying society's elite. The book examines how gentility was portrayed through plays at London's theatres (1660-1725). Employing a rich…    
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Book details

List price: $114.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/17/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 318
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

Ralph Hanna is Professor of Palaeography at the University of Oxford.Mark Dawson, who attended the University of Auckland (New Zealand), is a scholar in early modern history.

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Abbreviations and note on the text
Introduction: Early modern society, drama and cultural history
Gentility and power
The citizen cuckold and the London repertoire
Confronting ambiguities of genteel birth and city wealth
Genteel authority and the virtue of commerce
The social microcosm of London's playhouses
Stratifying the playhouse
Excluding the riff-raff
Profiles of the genteel and rich
Gentility as culture
The fop as social upstart?
Suspect sexuality and the fop
Succession crises and the politics of foppery
Managing the theatre's social discourse
Society and the Collier controversy
Caught in the act: promiscuous players and blushing spectators
Rival claims to a genteel authorship
Afterword: Some consequences for early modern studies