The Horror Plays of the English Restoration

The Horror Plays of the English Restoration

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Tropes of monstrosity, madness, venereal disease, incest and atheism define a group of macabre plays which burst onto the London stage in the 1670s. Dubbed the a€˜horrora€™ or the a€˜blood and torture villain tragediesa€™ by modern critics, these deeply unsettling plays fascinated contemporary audiences. Hermanson's study marks the first comprehensive investigation of the plays, examining them in light of significant changes to theatrical practice as well as the endemic civil conflict of the time.All references to Paradise Lost are from Carey and fowlera#39;s edition and are hereafter cited parenthetically in the text. it is also evocative of e.f. Watlinga#39;s translation of senecaa#39;s Oedipus: a€œthe dark womb / Of everlasting nighta€ (III 593a€“4) (Seneca:anbsp;...

Title:The Horror Plays of the English Restoration
Author:Dr Anne Hermanson
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2014-12-28


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