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Restoration Theatre and Crisis$
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Susan J. Owen

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183877.001.0001

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The Dramatic Language of Politics

The Dramatic Language of Politics

(p.110) Chapter 4 The Dramatic Language of Politics
Restoration Theatre and Crisis


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This chapter starts to move beyond a chronological perspective to draw an account of the dramatic language of politics. In examining the tropes of Toryism and Whiggery, it offers a careful account of the dramatic language of politics. Throughout the Exclusion Crisis period, one can identify a common dramatic language of politics in the work of dramatists of differing political persuasions and perspectives. As the crisis developed, the distinct political language of Tory and Whig plays can be clearly identified. The account is divided into three sections, dealing with the themes of social order and disorder, religion, and class.

Keywords:   social order, social disorder, class, political language, Whiggery, Toryism

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