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Performing Identities on the Restoration Stage pdf

Performing Identities on the Restoration Stage pdf

Performing Identities on the Restoration Stage. Cynthia J. Lowenthal

Performing Identities on the Restoration Stage
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Author: Cynthia J. Lowenthal
Page Count: 272 pages
Published Date: 31 Dec 2002
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication Country: Carbondale, United States
Language: English
Format: PDF
ISBN: 9780809324620
File size: 35 Mb
Download Link: Performing Identities on the Restoration Stage
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This work explores identity - especially masculinity and femininity, English and "foreign", middle-class and aristocratic - as it is enacted, idealized, deployed and redefined on the late-17th-century British stage. Particular emphasis is placed on the ways the theatre contributed to new and often shifting early early modern definitions of the boundaries of nation, status and gender. The first section focuses on the playwright's presentations of idealized men and the comic ridicule of male bodies and behaviours that fall short of the ideal. Of special interest are those moments when playwrights use stereotypes of national character, particularly the Spaniards and Turks, as examples of the worst in male behaviour. The second section focuses on playwrights' attempts to redefine the idealized woman. Anchored by Manley's "Royal Mischief", Lowenthal's reading reveals that even a woman playwright's attempts to represent female subjectivity or interiority at odds with the surfaces of the body are doomed to return to those same surfaces.

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