Gender, Theatre, and the Origins of Criticism: From Dryden to Manley by Marcie FrankGender, Theatre, and the Origins of Criticism: From Dryden to Manley by Marcie Frank

Gender, Theatre, and the Origins of Criticism: From Dryden to Manley

byMarcie Frank

Paperback | March 3, 2011

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Marcie Frank explores the theoretical and literary legacy of John Dryden to a number of prominent women writers of his time. Frank examines the pre-eminence of gender, sexuality and the theater in Dryden's critical texts that are predominantly rewritings of the work of his own literary precursors--Ben Jonson, Shakespeare and Milton. She proposes that Dryden develops a native literary tradition that is passed on as an inheritance to his heirs--Aphra Behn, Catharine Trotter, and Delarivier Manley--as well as to their male contemporaries.
Title:Gender, Theatre, and the Origins of Criticism: From Dryden to ManleyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521188652

ISBN - 13:9780521188654

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction: the critical stage; 1. 'Equal to ourselves': John Dryden's national literary history; 2. Staging criticism, staging Milton: John Dryden's The State of Innocence; 3. Imitating Shakespeare: gender and criticism; 4. The female playwright and the city lady; 5. Scandals of a female nature; Bibliography; Index.

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Review of the hardback: '... this is a book which is worthy of interest and which makes significant claims about the history and the gendering of literary criticism.' Renaissance Journal