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Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan

David Francis Taylor

Abstract

Richard Brinsley Sheridan is best known as the author of two of the English stage’s most popular comedies, The Rivals and The School for Scandal. In his own lifetime, however, Sheridan was as renowned a politician as he was a playwright, and during a parliamentary career that spanned thirty‐two years—the large majority of which he spent in opposition—he was an advocate of reform, a supporter of the French Revolution and of Irish independence, and a fierce critic of the government’s curtailment of civil liberties. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, from previously unpublished manuscript mate ... More

Keywords: theatre, drama, Sheridan, eighteenth century, Britain, empire, revolution, politics, romanticism, parliament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642847.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Francis Taylor, author
Assistant Professor of English, University of Toronto

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