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The theatre of praise : the panegyric tradition in seventeenth-century English drama /
Joanne Altieri.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Press, c1986.
240 p. ; 25 cm.
0874132754 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Press, c1986.
0874132754 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 230-237.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
Altieri traces the evolution of 17th-century epideictic theater from its origin in the masque, the city pageant, and the history play to its varied culmination in the Restoration musical theater. The key figures in this evolution are Ben Jonson, the chief developer of the courtly masque; William Davenant, a pivotal figure who transforms the masque into the heroic play and the semi-opera; and Dryden, who returns the musical theater to the expressly and narrowly epideictic intentions of court masque. The analysis of the movement from masque to opera is grounded in contemporary theories of representation, and Altieri explores some early alternative responses to the problems posed by theatrical epideictics, particularly those of Shakespeare and Carew. Undergraduates, faced both with numerous texts that are little taught or read and a sometimes daunting vocabulary, will find this a difficult book. It will, however, interest both students of 17th-century literature and those intrigued by the nature of the development (or nondevelopment) of opera in 17th-century England. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate.-B.E. Brandt, South Dakota State University
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A critical examination of panegyrical theatre from its beginnings in the masque, city pageant, and history plays to its varied culmination on the Restoration musical stage.

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