Broken Boundaries

Broken Boundaries

Women & Feminism in Restoration Drama

Book - 1996
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University of Kentucky

" This volume of twelve original essays is the first comprehensive study of feminist issues in Restoration drama. The late seventeenth century marks a pivotal era in the history of feminism, when Renaissance assumptions about gender and patriarchy were being directly challenged. For the first time, women appeared onstage as actresses, made their presence felt as spectators and patrons, and wrote a number of the plays produced in theaters. Ina n unusually direct and probing way, drama of the Restoration period raised radical questions about the place of women in the family and in society, and about the essential nature of men and women. The essays examine feminist issues from a variety of historical and theoretical approaches across a spectrum of plays -- comedies, tragedies, tragicomedies, and heroic drama. By addressing the acute questions of gender raised in the drama, Broken Boundaries presents a vivid portrait of the uncertainties and changing perceptions in all areas of intellectual, political, and social life during the last decades of the seventeenth century.



Publisher: Lexington, KY : The University Press of Kentucky, c1996
ISBN: 9780813119458
0813119456
9780813108711
0813108713
Characteristics: 244 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Quinsey, Katherine M. 1955-

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