There was a revival in english theater, and the comedies that were written and performed during this revival are one of the lasting legacies of restoration literature but it wasn't just theater that was important during the restoration age. The development of english literature (summary) in an essay of 1921 but the best drama uses the restoration conventions for a serious. The restoration shaped literature from 1660 to 1700 - the restoration period is also known as the age of dryden, because dryden was the dominating and most representative literary figure of the age. Restoration theatre was a drama or a comedy performance that contained heroic tragedy and tears (rather tragic pity), or humour, wittiness and upper-class moreover, restoration theatre allowed females to act on stage for the first time and it was the first indoor theatre of the century. Drama and theatre originated during ancient athens, and gradually developed during the 6th century bc through performances to honor the god dionysus it is considered to be a visual display of a composition or prose through a live performance of dialogue or narration.
Restoration literature, 1600-1700 dryden was the most influential writer of the restoration, for he wrote in every form important to the period―occasional verse, comedy, tragedy, heroic plays, odes, satires, translations of classical works—and produced influential critical essays concerning how one ought to write these forms. In the drama, as in almost every other department of literature, voltaire is the dominating figure of this time he was very fond of the theater, and he had possessed himself of some of the secrets of the dramaturgic art. Restoration and eighteenth-century theatre research is a peer-reviewed, academic journal published under the auspices of the department of english at valdosta state university the journal features scholarship on late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century british and european drama and staging. An essay of dramatic poesy (1668) was written two years after the restoration with the reopening of the theatres dryden entered into a contract in 1668 with the king's theatre company in which he would produce three plays a year.
Gradesaver provides access to 1032 study guide pdfs and quizzes, 7982 literature essays, 2237 sample college application essays, 348 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, members only section of the site. Restoration literature and theatre essay sample introduction historical context and the understanding of the term restoration literature the english poetry in the period of the restoration. — a bibliography of the english printed drama to the restoration 4 vols london: printed for the bibliographical society at the university press, oxford hunter, g k 1997 — english renaissance drama 1586-1642.
This is an appropriate course for students preparing for the master's examination in restoration and eighteenth-century literature as well as graduate students pursuing an interest in early modern culture, poetry, drama, gender or british literature. English notes literature and drama mystery plays were presented in the porches of cathedrals or by strolling players on feast days the allegorical characters to be found in some of the earlier miracle plays owe their importance to religious sources. Restoration comedy refers to english comedies written during the restoration period from 1660-1710 the re-opening of the theatres in 1660 after public stage performances had been banned for 18 years by the puritan regime signalled a renaissance of english drama.
The main outlines discussed in this essay are the social and technological change after the restoration period, what is the content of naturalistic plays, the audience's response to naturalism and its future development and dominance within society today. The period from 1660 to 1700 is known as the restoration period or the age of dryden dryden was the representative writer of this period the restoration of king charles ii in 1660 marks the beginning of a new era both in the life and the literature of england. The english writers of this period were strongly influenced by the contemporary literature of france, by the comedies of molière, the tragedies of corneille and racine, and the satires, epistles, and versified essays of boileau. Literature review literature involving technology within performances can cover a variety of different practices and techniques steve dixon's digital performance: a history of new media in theatre, dance, performance art and installation covers discussions of virtual bodies, avatars and digital doubles. Introduction the drama of renaissance england was truly remarkable and not just because william shakespeare wrote during that era among his colleagues as dramatists were christopher marlowe, thomas kyd, ben jonson, thomas middleton, and john webster, all of whom wrote plays of lasting greatness.
A synopsis of restoration drama and comedy in the theatre the following article is reprinted from a history of english literaturewilliam vaughn moody and robert morss lovett. The literature of the period was incredibly diverse and included restoration comedy, a sexually charged form of theatre, as well as the beginning of journalism. This essay is the second of four distilled from a lecture series on aphra behn given by dr abigail williams of the university of oxford and adapted for the great writers inspire project by kate o'connor.
Love and marriage in three restoration comedies the restoration comedies can be a window into a unique period of english history following the political and social turmoil of the english civil war, the restoration age was characterized by a sense of loss and cultural disillusion coupled with efforts to restore social stability and cohesion. Restoration comedies and tragedies often get overlooked in our rush to celebrate the elizabethan and jacobean drama of marlowe, shakespeare, and jonson yet any survey of english literature would be substantially poorer if it didn't mention aphra behn, william wycherley, or william congreve. 1 discuss the attitudes of nineteenth-century critics to restoration comedy 2 discuss ideal love, as congreve saw it, and compare it with the romantic or sentimentalized love typical of the nineteenth century.