ENGL 340 Restoration Drama


A study of the drama produced in England after the restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660. Topics include the emergence of the actress on the professional stage, the exceptionally intimate Restoration playhouses, the influence of the libertine court on the drama produced in the period, and such representative genres as satiric comedy and the heroic play as well as the rise of sentimental comedy in the 1690s and early 1700s. Authors include Dryden, Rochester, Wycherley, Etherege, Behn, Otway, Cibber, Vanbrugh, Congreve and Farquhar.

Prerequisite: Any 190 or 200 level literature course or permission from instructor.