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The Ladies: Female Patronage of Restoration Drama 1660-1700

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This is the first in-depth study of a female audience that shows how and why women went to the theater in Restoration England. Robert challenges the assumption that a "ladies' faction" played an important part in encouraging the playhouses to present a more moral, less bawdy or "satirical" style of comedy, thus changing the course of English drama. He shows that there is no evidence of this faction, and that "sentimental" comedies really did cater to the interest of their female audience by incorporating the fashionable ...

The Ladies: Female Patronage of Restoration Drama 1660-1700 1989, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780198117438

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