ENGL452 - English Drama From 1660 to 1800

Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.

Restoration and eighteenth-century drama, with special attention to theater history, cultural influences, concepts of tragedy, comedy, farce, parody, and burlesque, as well as dramatic and verbal wit.

In the wake of the Civil War, Restoration drama pushed the boundaries of gender, sexuality, and  authority, both political and domestic.  Plays explore the relationship between England’s fragmentation, European cosmopolitanism, and the pleasures and dangers of global commerce.  Theater emerged as one of the predominant literary forms in the eighteenth century as writers balanced the legacy of Restoration outrageousness and a glamorous new celebrity culture with the search for the ethical meaning of everyday life at the center of a new empire.