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Staging the revolution: Drama, Reinvention and History, 1647-72

Willie, R. (2015) Staging the revolution: Drama, Reinvention and History, 1647-72. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719087639

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Abstract

Staging the revolution offers a reappraisal of the weight and volume of theatrical output during the commonwealth and early Restoration, both in terms of live performances and performances on the paper stage. It argues that the often-cited notion that 1642 marked an end to theatrical production in England until the playhouses were reopened in 1660 is a product of post-Restoration re-writing of the English civil wars and the representations of royalists and parliamentarians that emerged in the 1640s and 1650s. These retellings of recent events in dramatic form mean that drama is central to civil-war discourse. Staging the revolution examines the ways in which drama was used to rewrite the civil war and commonwealth period and demonstrates that, far from marking a clear cultural demarcation from the theatrical output of the early seventeenth century, the Restoration is constantly reflecting back on the previous thirty years.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of English Literature
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 02:11
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2016 03:54
ISBN: 9780719087639
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5598
Publisher: Manchester University Press
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