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The Restoration and early eighteenth-century theatre world

By: Anne Greenfield, University of Denver

Abstract: This section will discuss the value of incorporating correspondence into courses on History and/or Literary History. Writers of letters tend to move from topic to topic far more readily and abruptly than do writers of more singularly-focused works (e.g., essays, poems, or political treatises). For this reason, correspondence gives students of History and Literary History a more expansive vision of the past, exposing them to writers’ insights into a wide variety of phenomena.

Topics: restoration theatre | advent of professional actresses | dramatic theory | censorship & moral action | physical structure of the theatre

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