Ravishment of Reason: Governance and the Heroic Idioms of the Late Stuart Stage, 1660-1690 (Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850)

Ravishment of Reason: Governance and the Heroic Idioms of the Late Stuart Stage, 1660-1690 (Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850)

Brandon Chua


Ravishment of cause examines the heroic dramas written for the restored English theatres within the later 17th century, examining them as complicated and complex responses to a problem of public lifestyles within the wake of the mid-century regicide and revolution. the original type of the recovery heroic play, with its scenes of imperial conquest peopled via hesitating and indecisive heroes, interrogates conventional oppositions of enterprise and passivity, autonomy and servility, that constitution traditional narratives of political provider and public advantage, exploring, within the procedure, new and infrequently unsettling types of order and governance. Situating the dramas of Dryden, Behn, Boyle, Lee, and Crowne of their ancient and highbrow context of civil struggle and the destabilizing theories of presidency that got here in its wake, Brandon Chua deals an account of a culture’s makes an attempt to reconcile civic goal with political balance after an age of innovative change.

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