Regicide and Restoration: English Tragicomedy, 1660-1671 by Nancy Klein MaguireRegicide and Restoration: English Tragicomedy, 1660-1671 by Nancy Klein Maguire

Regicide and Restoration: English Tragicomedy, 1660-1671

byNancy Klein Maguire

Paperback | November 17, 2005

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When the theatres reopened in 1660, tragedy, the greatest of the Renaissance genres, had vanished. Focusing on the directions taken by tragicomedy and the court masque, this book accounts for the shift in the generic system. After the Restoration a network of Royalist playwrights attempted to redefine their society. Defending the traditional power structure in the new circumstances, they fabricated pious, backward-looking and repetitious myths of monarchy. Carolean tragicomedy reflects the persistent attempt to hold together an uneasily integrated culture, and shows us something of the early Restoration's division and intolerance of ambiguity. In Regicide and Restoration Nancy Klein Maguire accords the long-neglected plays of the 1660s the status of major historical documents.
Title:Regicide and Restoration: English Tragicomedy, 1660-1671Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:November 17, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521023734

ISBN - 13:9780521023733

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations and tables; A note on texts and dates; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The policies of restoration tragicomedy; 2. Theatrical restoration, 1660-1665; 3. The rhymed heroic masque; 4. The commercial market: genre as commodity; 5. The divided kings in divided tragicomedy; 6. The rhymed heroic apology of Roger Boyle; 7. John Dryden: Stuart mythographer and masque-maker; 8. Some conclusions and directions; Notes; The playwrights' works.