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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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Themes and Tropes Reversed

Themes and Tropes Reversed

(p.183) Chapter 6 Themes and Tropes Reversed
Restoration Theatre and Crisis


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This chapter looks at dramatists' attempts to intervene politically by deliberately reversing themes and tropes from other plays. The strenuous and ideological effort of the drama of this time is apparent in this attempt to rearrange and refocus meaning, to wrest it away from the enemy. It examines the way in which Shadwell and his Tory opponents deploy its themes and tropes in opposite ways. The deliberate reversal of themes and tropes illustrates the way in which these function as a political language which dramatists can engage in a political dialogue with each other and the audience.

Keywords:   Shadwell, themes, Tory opponents

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