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Macmillan Higher Education

Early Women Dramatists 1550–1801

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English Dramatists

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18 February 1998

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A comprehensive survey of women's drama between the Renaissance and the end of the eighteenth century, assessing the plays' characteristic features and the ruptures in the text indicating the writers' precarious social and...

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A comprehensive survey of women's drama between the Renaissance and the end of the eighteenth century, assessing the plays' characteristic features and the ruptures in the text indicating the writers' precarious social and artistic position and ambiguous stances to their own creativity and sex. Chapters are devoted to individual writers as well as to general developments in specific periods. The most significant plays are analysed in detail and related to the male literary canon of the time in order to stress both their originality and the existence of an, albeit tentative, female literary tradition.

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Analyses hitherto neglected authors and works, including the key texts of the major female authors of the period
Discusses the works in relation to contemporary culture and provides historical summaries
Traces the development of a female tradition.

Author's Note
 Introduction I: Women Inside and Outside the Theatre in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Women Dramatists of the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
Introduction II: Women Inside and Outside the Theatre in the Restoration Period; Aphra Behn
Women Writers at the Turn of the Century; Susanna Centlivre
Introduction III: Women Inside and Outside the Theatre in the Eighteenth Century
Women Dramatists of the Late Eighteenth Century; Hannah Cowley & Elizabeth Inchbald
Contemporary and Modern Perfomances of the Plays
Towards a Female Tradition in Theatre
Selected Bibliography
Notes
Index.
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MARGARETE RUBIK is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Vienna, having studied English and History in Vienna and American Studies at the University of Southern California. She has published extensively on women's drama and the Victorian novel.

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MARGARETE RUBIK is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Vienna, having studied English and History in Vienna and American Studies at the University of Southern California. She has published extensively on women's drama and the Victorian novel.

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