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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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Whig Plays: Vitality in Opposition

Whig Plays: Vitality in Opposition

(p.239) Chapter 8 Whig Plays: Vitality in Opposition
Restoration Theatre and Crisis


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This chapter looks at the vitality of Whig plays in opposition. It addresses two major critical misapprehensions. The first is the belief that there are no opposition plays in the early stages of the Exclusion Crisis because everyone uses anti-popery equally and indiscriminately. The second assumption it challenges is the idea that differences between Whig and Tory plays later in the crisis are minimal, and that Whiggism has little separate cultural identity and vigour.

Keywords:   Whig plays, opposition plays, Whiggism, Exclusion Crisis

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