David Garrick and the Development of English Comedy: A Study of Adaptation on the Eighteenth-century Stage

David Garrick and the Development of English Comedy: A Study of Adaptation on the Eighteenth-century Stage

By: Alan Swanson (author)Hardback

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Swanson notes how theater performances change depending upon historical, cultural, and social transformations. He does this by studying the same play performed four different ways over the course of 120 years. This book shows how drama is based on historically contingent processes that develop in society. David Garrick was an assiduous reader and collector of older English, and to some extent French plays and we can see him looking backwards, searching out and buying extant play collections offered for sale. Some of these plays he remodeled and imitated for his company. Looking forward, beyond him, we can see that his work was in turn admired, read, and subsequently translated and imitated. Garrick the reader became Garrick the read. He forms, therefore, a bridge in the movement and development of comedy in the eighteenth century.

Contents

1. Originality and Imitation; 2. Variation on a Theme; 3. Imitation and Translation; 4. A Gustavian Civil Servant, An Excursus; 5. New Variations on an Old Theme; 6. Change and Continuity; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773440579
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780773440579
  • ISBN10: 0773440577

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