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Restoration Theatre and Crisis$
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Susan J. Owen

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183877.001.0001

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Reading the Politics of Restoration Drama

Reading the Politics of Restoration Drama

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Reading the Politics of Restoration Drama
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Restoration Theatre and Crisis
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SUSAN J. OWEN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183877.003.0001

This book is about the plays of the Exclusion Crisis, and more broadly about the relationship of Restoration theatre and potential crisis. The first part of the book considers the drama's engagement with its times from a chronological perspective and the drama's relationship to political ideology in a wider sense. Aspects of the political language of the Toryism of the Exclusion Crisis have not yet gone out of use in England — the idea of the unity of the upper and middle classes in an aristocracy of taste, as against the lower classes and radicals who attack ‘true culture’.

Keywords:   Exclusion Crisis, Restoration theatre, Restoration drama, Toryism, Restoration

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