Summary and Info
This Second Edition builds on its predecessorвЂ™s strengths by adding a sixth play, Aphra BehnвЂ™s The Rover, a comedy that has clearly come into prominence in recent years. The plays are fully annotated for the modern reader and are accompanied by six illustrations. The close relationship between theater and society during the period continues to be the focus of вЂњContexts.вЂќ The editor offers contemporary discussions of the following topics: вЂњOn Wit, Humour, and Laughter: 1660вЂ“1775,вЂќ вЂњThe Collier Controversy: 1698,вЂќ вЂњSteele and Dennis: On The Man of Mode and The Conscious Lovers,вЂќ and вЂњStages, Actors, and Audiences.вЂќ вЂњCriticismвЂќ has been revised to reflect approaches in scholarly interpretations. Two seminal essays from the First Edition have been retainedвЂ”Charles LambвЂ™s appreciation of the periodвЂ™s comedy and L. C. KnightsвЂ™s condemnation of it. New essays by Jocelyn Powell, Harriet Hawkins, Elin Diamond, Martin Price, and Laura Brown have been added. Illustrated.