publication . Doctoral thesis . 2012

Mongrel Forms: Tragedy, Comedy, and Mixed Genres in Britain, 1680-1760

Davis, Vivian;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: Mexico
Abstract
This dissertation analyzes the unlicensed mixtures of tragedy and comedy that appeared in the playhouses, periodicals, and novels of the eighteenth century. Scholars have argued that in the Restoration's coterie theaters, the tragicomic dialectic functioned as a heuristic device for debates about political theory. "Mongrel forms" extends this premise, contending that by the turn into the eighteenth century, the tidiness of bipartite tragicomedy had been replaced by powerful ideas about generic contagion and corruption. For an increasingly bourgeois audience, tragicomic monsters and mongrels, widely derided by literary and dramatic critics, became associated less...
Subjects
free text keywords: British and Irish literature, Theater history, Gender studies, Comedy, Gender, Genre, Mongrel, Theater, Tragedy
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